As Apollo 11's Lunar Module descended toward the moon under automatic control, a program alarm in the guidance computer's software nearly caused a mission abort. Neil Armstrong responded by switching off the automatic mode and taking direct control. He stopped monitoring the computer and began flying the spacecraft, relying on skill to land it and earning praise for a triumph of human over machine. In Digital Apollo, engineer-historian David Mindell takes this famous moment as a starting point for an exploration of the ...

Digital Apollo: Human and Machine in Spaceflight 2011, MIT Press (MA), Cambridge

ISBN-13: 9780262516105

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Digital Apollo: Human and Machine in Spaceflight 2008, MIT Press (MA), Cambridge

ISBN-13: 9780262134972