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    Post Forty Years of Lunar Lander [Slashdot]

    Harry writes "2009 marks not only the fortieth anniversary of Apollo 11, but also four decades of the iconic, omnipresent Lunar Lander, one of the first simulation games ever written. The first version was written by an Apollo-crazy high school student; among its countless descendants are the classic Atari arcade machine and versions for practically every other platform, from the Apple II to the iPhone. We're celebrating with a look at the game's origins, history, and significance — including an interview with creator Jim Storer, who hadn't given the game a moment's thought since he left high school, and wasn't aware of the phenomenon he spawned."
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    Cool Fifty Years of Lunar Lander

    Huh, wow. I had been reminded of Lunar Lander by all of the talk this year about the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission / the manned landing on the moon, but I hadn't realized that the game was not only directly inspired by these events but released during the same year as Apollo 11. Happy 50th anniversary, Lunar Lander!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gbpxl View Post
    One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind
    One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind. ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornelius View Post
    One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind. ??
    That would be the grammatically correct version of what he actually said, lol
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    Actually, Neil Armstrong did say "a man" at the time, but the "a" got cut out of the audio by the noise in the transmission.

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