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11 Things You Didn't Know About the First Moon Landing

By Becky Ferreira Jul 21, 2014

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A Cell Phone > Apollo Computers

A moon landing would be an incredible accomplishment today, let alone 45 years ago when spaceflight technology was in its infancy. Case in point: the entire computer system installed in the Apollo 11 modules actually had less processing power than a modern cell phone. That's right: the tiny gadget you play Candy Crush on is a more advanced piece of technology than the spacecraft that took humans to the moon. And yet we're still probably going to drop ours like six times today, minimum.

Tags: science, slideshows, nasa, space travel, moon landing, apollo 11

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Becky Ferreira

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