A Hacker From South Africa Just Rescued The First NASA Computer In Space
The Guidance and Navigation Control computer launched on 1966's Apollo-Saturn 202 mission, was the first of its kind. It successfully led a rocket in and out of suborbit, paving the way for the mission to the moon. After that kind of pioneering adventure, you might expect this metal explorer to be safely ensconced in a museum somewhere. But until very recently, it wasn't. Instead, it was languishing in obscurity—first in a scrap heap, then in storage in Houston, Texas.