DescriptionApollo Program Hardware: Numerical Display Panel from the Apollo Guidance Computer Display and Keyboard (DSKY) Unit. A heavy, metal and glass assembly, 3.25" x 4.5" x 1.125" in overall dimensions including the mounting flange. This is the twenty-one digit numerical readout display portion of the DSKY unit, one of its three major parts. Printed on the back panel is the NASA Part No. "1006315-001 Rev. E" and LSI Part No. "142882-001" and Ser. No. "205". On one end is printed: "2004746-001/ RAY 205". There are four printed sections on the glass-covered display: "COMP ACTY" which would light up as the computer was working; "PROG" which displayed the two-digit program number as it was entered; "VERB" which showed the action to be performed; and "NOUN" which showed what specific data was affected by the action specified by the "Verb" command.
A DSKY was mounted into the control panel of each lunar module and two were found in each command module. This was the astronaut's interface allowing access to the groundbreaking Apollo Guidance Computer, developed by MIT, on board. It permitted the astronauts to collect and provide flight information and was very important in the precise landings on the moon needed for a successful mission. Each different program had a two-digit code and commands were entered as two-digit numbers in a verb-noun sequence. It is impossible to overestimate the importance of the DSKY interface and the AGC to the Apollo moon landing program. Untested. Though unflown, this is an extremely rare piece of Computer and Space history. Excellent condition.
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