For many millions of people around the world, the most dramatic moment in the
history of space flight was the first lunar landing 35 years ago. Of course,
the journey to the Moon began long before Neil Armstrong stepped out of the Eagle onto the Sea of Tranquility, and it was built on a series of accumulating
achievements over many years. IBM was involved both at the beginning of that
journey and throughout. And in the three decades following the July 1969 Apollo
11 mission, IBM continued to play an important role in mankind's exploration
of the high frontier and in the increasing use of space for science, communications
Here, in this exhibit's Reference Room, are some highlights of IBM's 20th century contributions to the epic flights from the Earth into the darkness of space and beyond.