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  1. The truth is that the Apollo astronauts were greater heroes than the movies make out. Armstrong overrode the guidance computer to land Eagle himself when he saw it was heading for a boulder field. The crew of Apollo 12 kept their cool when their spacecraft was hit, twice, by lightning just after launch, sending their instrumentation haywire and, for all they knew, possibly scuppering their chances of return. To be fair, Hollywood reminded the world of 13.

    But all those who landed on the moon took off from there, found their Command Module in orbit with only the assistance of a tiny fixed-point computer that, its miniaturization to fit inside the capsule aside, was hardly state-of-the art even at the time. That alone took nerves of steel. It still boggles my mind, even more than the landing itself.

    Collin’s a fool.

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