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NASA Shuts Down Its Last Mainframe

NASA will be shutting down the last of its IBM Mainframe computers located at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL. The Mainframes used by NASA “back in the day” were large enough to fill a room, while today they are the size of a refrigerator. From NASA’s Linda Cureton:

In my first stint at NASA, I was at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center as a mainframe systems programmer when it was still cool. That IBM 360-95 was used to solve complex computational problems for space flight. Back then, I comfortably navigated the world of IBM 360 Assembler language and still remember the much-coveted “green card” that had all the pearls of information about machine code. Back then, real systems programmers did hexadecimal arithmetic “today, there’s an app for it!’

There are no listed details on what will be replacing the Mainframes, probably because of security reasons.

via NASA.

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Angelo Datis

Great memories.

Angelo Datis

I used the IBM 360 mainframe computer at NASA Space Flight Center in 1964 to calculate aerodynamic protuberance heating on the Saturn Booster that was used for our first flight to the moon. Beautiful memories.