Transistors were just beginning to
replace vacuum tubes, and slide
rules were used for calculations.
Computers and software in the 1960's
were so crummy that the rocket
scientists would have been better off
with a modern pocket calculator.
A man had to
stand in front of
the machine all
day and crank
the handles to
For example, milling
machines were operated by
hand, which meant that
cutting curved shapes in
metal was extremely difficult.
Computer technology was very primitive in the 1960's
Manufacturing technology was
also very primitive
This "Bridgeport" brand
of milling machine was
in the 1960's
Did Anybody Really Land On The Moon?
Eric Hufschmid, last edited 6 May 2004
Today a person loads a block of metal, pushes the Start button,
and lets the computer cut the part. The computer cuts the part
much faster, and with incredible precision, even curved shapes.
Tell me one technical
achievement of the past that
we of today cannot do faster,
better, and for less money.
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If Americans could get to the moon with 1960's technology, it would
be easy for us to get to the moon today. However, all nations have
extreme difficultly putting an object into a high Earth orbit.
Furthermore, if Americans
had such incredible
engineering talent, why
can't we make incredible
automobiles, train systems,
and other products?
This lamp blinks when
the part is finished
How did Americans in 1969 do what nobody can do today?
When something happens that has never happened before,
and which has never happened since, (such as fire causing
steel buildings to disintegrate) we should question it.
Perhaps it is because I develop software, and I
cannot write software that works perfectly, I would
want the engineers to prove the equipment and
They could start by putting animals into Earth orbit.
When they figured that out they could send an
unmanned rocket into moon orb