You can also grab the source code, in digital form, from MAKE:Blog and see the nouns and verbs they had to deal with yourself.
“When Apollo 11’s Lunar Module landed on the Moon 40 years ago today, the software that helped take humans to another celestial body was essentially built using paper-tape rolls and thick cardstock that was punched with special holes.
It wasn’t open source in the sense we know today, but it was built for NASA under contract, then was tested, modified and fine-tuned by NASA engineers in ways that are similar to open source projects nowadays.
“Well, in today’s definition it was open source–the source code was publicly available” to mission engineers, said John ‘Jack’ Garman, who was a 24-year-old NASA computer engineer when Apollo 11 lifted off July 16, 1969, on its way to the Moon. “But ‘open source’ in the Linux sense generally means that anyone can contribute additions and improvements, and of course that wasn’t the case for the Apollo software.”
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