Assembly Code That Took America to the Moon Now Published On GitHub

Datetime:2016-08-22 22:56:03          Topic: Assembler           Share
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"The code that took America to the moon was just published to GitHub, and it's like a 1960s time capsule ," reports Quartz. Two lines of code include the comment "# TEMPORARY, I HOPE HOPE HOPE," and there's also a quote from Shakespeare's play Henry VI. In addition, the keyboard and display system program is named PINBALL_GAME_BUTTONS_AND_LIGHT, and "There's also code that appears to instruct an astronaut to 'crank the silly thing around.'"

A former NASA intern uploaded the thousands of lines of assembly code to GitHub, working from a 2003 transcription made from scans inherited by MIT from a Colorado airplane pilot, and developers are already using GitHub to submit funny issue tickets for the 40-year-old code -- for example, " Extension pack for picking up Matt Damon ". Another issue complains that "A customer has had a fairly serious problem with stirring the cryogenic tanks with a circuit fault present ." Because this issue succinctly describes the Apollo 13 mission in 1970, the issue has been marked "closed".





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