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If you're interested in the Apollo Guidance Computer there's some really excellent material out there in the world to learn more. My two favorite books are:

* The Apollo Guidance Computer: Architecture and Operation - Frank O'Brien

* Digital Apollo: Human and Machine in Spaceflight - David A. Mindell

Fascinating machine.




For those interested in the engineering details behind the whole flight, from engines, to power systems, guidance, navigation and computers, I would say my favourite book is

"How Apollo Flew to the Moon" by W David Woods https://www.amazon.com/Apollo-Flew-Springer-Praxis-Books/dp/...


The Omega Tau podcast has an excellent episode featuring Mr. Woods: http://omegataupodcast.net/83-how-apollo-flew-to-the-moon/


There's also this excellent talk from CCC a few years back: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xx7Lfh5SKUQ


I recommend Journey to the Moon by Eldon Hall, designer of the AGC. The O'Brien book has a lot of good information but also a lot of problems. Sunburst and Luminary is also interesting, written by Don Eyles who wrote much of the lunar landing code. He goes into a detailed explanation of the 1202 program alarms.


Eyles came to the Vintage Computer Festival-East in Wall, NJ last year, and was introduced by Frank O'Brien who's a regular there. He actually did a code walkthrough of the Apollo 14 flaky-switch hack - coolest talk I've ever attended. Scott Manley did a pretty good Youtube episode on the Apollo 14 hack last year also; the two of them complement each other nicely.


Didn't know about Sunburst and Luminary. Thanks.




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