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The Apollo Guidance Computer was the first modern system to collect and provide flight information, and to automatically control all of the navigational functions of the Apollo spacecraft. It was developed in the early 1960s for the Apollo program by the MIT Instrumentation Lab under Charles Stark Draper. An alumna of the class of 1978 adds, "The guidance computer made the moon landings possible. It was designed almost entirely by MIT faculty and alumni from the Draper Lab (then called the Instrumentation Lab) and contractors staffed by MIT alumni. The man on the moon was a huge milestone in the history of technology and of the Cold War, made possible entirely by MIT ingenuity. According to Wikipedia, "The Apollo Guidance Computer (AGC) was the first recognizably modern embedded system, used in real-time by astronaut pilots to collect and provide flight information, and to automatically control all of the navigational functions of the Apollo spacecraft.""
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