posted on Sep, 10 2012 @ 10:20 AM
The Apollo guidance computer had the equivalent computing power of today's kitchen appliances, far less than that required to go to the Moon.
Unlike general-purpose computers, the Apollo guidance computer had to perform only one task - guidance. Most of the number crunching was performed at
Mission Control on several mainframe computers. The results were then transmitted to the onboard computer, which acted upon them. The Apollo guidance
computer was capable of computing only a small number of navigation problems itself. Since the guidance computer had to run only one program, that
program could be put in ROM, thus only a small amount of RAM was required to hold the temporary results of guidance calculations.
The hoax advocates tend to overrate the tasks performed by the onboard guidance computers of the 1960's. In fact, the Mercury spacecraft, 1961-63,
flew into space without any onboard computer whatsoever, yet the trajectories were precisely controlled and the capsule was capable of fully automated
The computer technology did not exist in the 1960's to build the Apollo guidance computer
Computer companies of the 1960's had to produce general-purpose computers at a cost that would attract consumers. NASA, on the other hand, required a
computer capable of performing only a single task - guidance - and could easily afford a custom designed and built system using cutting edge
components and techniques. Although modern microprocessors did not yet exist, microchips performing simple tasks were available in the early 1960's,
and these could be built-up into computer processors. By the mid-1960's several companies were producing commercially available integrated
The hoax advocates often become trapped into a single way of thinking. Just because one technology is used to solve a particular problem today does
not mean that problem was unsolvable before the technology was available. Man is much more creative than the hoax advocates are willing to