50 years ago, astronauts walked on the Moon

IBM is proud to have helped make that happen. We’re still pushing the limits of technology today, like bringing the first AI-powered astronaut assistant to space. IBM is ready for what comes next — whether it leads us back to the Moon, or to finding answers that bring the world together again.

Without IBM and the systems they provided, we would not have landed on the Moon

NASA Flight Director, Gene Kranz

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Members of the original Round Rock Gang reminisce on their role in the mission

Fifty years after the Moon landing, IBM is still helping to advance space exploration and technological innovation.

Highlights of IBM’s history with the space program

1952

Card Programmed Calculator

Early studies of multistage, solid- fuel rockets use an IBM CPC for engineering calculations

Card Programmed Calculator Highlight

1962

John Glenn

The flight of the first American to orbit the Earth is monitored by IBM computers

John Glenn Highlight

1969

Apollo 11

NASA achieves the first manned landing on the moon with the help of IBM computers

Apollo 11 Highlight

1981

Space Shuttle

IBM computers and software play key roles in the successful first orbital flight of Columbia

Space Shuttle Highlight

2007

Supercomputing

An IBM supercomputer is selected to help chart a path for NASA’s next-generation technology

CIMON in space Highlight

1961

Project Mercury

IBM computers help flight controllers make vital decisions throughout the missions

Project Mercury Highlight

1966

Happy landing

A Gemini spacecraft is guided through re- entry by its onboard IBM computer system

Happy landing Highlight

1970

Apollo 13

IBM computers in Houston assist flight controllers in the dramatic rescue of the crippled rocket

Apollo 13 Highlight

1993

Hubble Telescope

The ThinkPad 750C joins the Space Shuttle Endeavour’s mission to refurbish the Hubble

Hubble Telescope Highlight

2018

CIMON in space

The first free-flying AI assistant joins the crew on the International Space Station

CIMON in space Highlight

1952

Card Programmed Calculator

Early studies of multistage, solid- fuel rockets use an IBM CPC for engineering calculations

Card Programmed Calculator Highlight

1961

Project Mercury

IBM computers help flight controllers make vital decisions throughout the missions

Project Mercury Highlight

1962

John Glenn

The flight of the first American to orbit the Earth is monitored by IBM computers

John Glenn Highlight

1966

Happy landing

A Gemini spacecraft is guided through re-entry by its onboard IBM computer system

Happy landing Highlight

1969

Apollo 11

NASA achieves the first manned landing on the moon with the help of IBM computers

Apollo 11 Highlight

1970

Apollo 13

IBM computers in Houston assist flight controllers in the dramatic rescue of the crippled rocket

Apollo 13 Highlight

1981

Space Shuttle

IBM computers and software play key roles in the successful first orbital flight of Columbia

Space Shuttle Highlight

1993

Hubble Telescope

The ThinkPad 750C joins the Space Shuttle Endeavour’s mission to refurbish the Hubble

Hubble Telescope Highlight

2007

Supercomputing

An IBM supercomputer is selected to help chart a path for NASA’s next-generation technology

CIMON in space Highlight

2018

CIMON in space

The first free-flying AI assistant joins the crew on the International Space Station

CIMON in space Highlight