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'Beatnik' who put first men on Moon

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Fresh out of college, at the age of 23, maths graduate Don Eyles suddenly found himself at the centre of one of the most ambitious projects of the 20th Century - putting the first men on the Moon.

Working at the MIT laboratories, the self-described beatnik programmed the software for the computer in the lunar module, which was responsible for the astronauts' safe descent onto the Moon's surface.

Archive footage courtesy of MIT Museum (from the film Computer for Apollo, part of the MIT Science Reporter series, which first aired on 13 January 1966 on WGBH Boston) and Nasa

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