Apollo 11's Journey To The Moon, Annotated

October 24, 2018

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This is a fascinating five minute video discussing the Apollo 11 mission to the moon, and what it took to be a success. SPOILER: A whole bunch of luck and magic. "It was math and science." You know, there really is no difference if you look closely enough. See what I'm doing here? "Staring at your nipple through a magnifying glass?" I rest my case.

Keep going for the video.

  • Bling Nye

    Just think, they did that shit with slide rules. The phone in your pocket has more computing power than they had on this mission. It's crazy that they not only made it there, but made it back. Fucking amazing.

  • GeneralDisorder

    What's especially amazing is how damned inefficient modern computing is. Those computers couldn't load a web page even if you had the software bundle to do it.

  • Wooder

    They didn't use computers but human computers...just to be an astronaut on that and have to put your life into a handful of people as to whether you live or die or float off into space.

  • Bling Nye

    It hurts my brain to think of the sheer number of critical control points, where any one slight error would result in those men never returning. Launch, booster phases, Earth/lunar orbital insertion, landing on the moon, leaving the moon, getting back to Earth, not burning up on re-entry, landing safely... Shit's insane.
    The astronauts were brave, no doubt about it. I can only imagine being one of the 'computers' worrying endlessly about my calculations until they were back safe. I'm feeling stressed just thinking about it. Lol

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