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Asked by horselover102 to Arti, Dustin, James, Steven on 23 May 2012.
Keywords: apollo, calculator, computing, mission
The best way to think about it is with the speed of a computer. So you think about your normal computers that we have, they run at about 3-4 billion clock cycles per second, or 4000 million clock cycles.
The Apollo computer had about 2 million clock cycles per second, which is about equivalent to a scientific calculator.
What Dustin has said is correct. This doesn’t mean the shuttles were full of calculators, only that the power behind them was quite small compared to what we would use today. Having said that the low power didn’t mean they weren’t still capable of doing amazing computations.
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