From “50 years ago, IBM created mainframe that helped send men to the Moon” (Ars Technica):
System/360 machines were crucial for NASA’s Apollo missions. “Apollo flights had so much information to relay, that their computers had to report in an electronic form of shorthand,” IBM says. “Even in shorthand, however, it took a circuit capable of transmitting a novel a minute to get the information to NASA’s Manned Spacecraft Center—now the Johnson Space Center—in Houston, Texas. Receiving this enormous amount of data was a powerful IBM computer whose sole task was to translate the shorthand into meaningful information for Apollo flight controllers.
One of the commenters notes the backward compatibility that IBM has built into its System z line, which is still capable of running most System/360 programs “sometimes with only slight modification“. But the reply is just as noteworthy:
Don’t worry. We’ll still have Windows XP in 2051.
You wish I was being sarcastic.
Now that’s funny… and insightful at the same time!