In this video around 2:25 on programmer stereotypes it is mentioned in the part named female programmers that the code Margaret Hamilton wrote for the Apollo mission was so flawless that some use it as evidence that the moon landing never happened.

Is it that true was code quality ever used as moon landing denial fodder? Seems a bit odd to me. I realise that video is satirical in nature. It may be hard to take it seriously by that part really did make me wonder.

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    – Oddthinking
    Commented Jun 7, 2023 at 23:08
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    Was the code flawless? There's the infamous 1201 and 1202 alarms.
    – Schwern
    Commented Aug 7, 2023 at 15:56
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    @Schwern: The software reacted perfectly to a situation caused by the hardware. The software did all that it was intended to do - and more. Its resiliency handled a hardware error that no one had expected.
    – JRE
    Commented Aug 7, 2023 at 16:27
  • @Schwern, there was a long discussion about this in comments a couple of months ago. I argued that the code worked as intended, detecting and reporting a situation that it knew it couldn't handle. Others argued that since it couldn't handle it, the code wasn't perfect. That discussion has since been deleted, and it looks like it's about to start up again. Commented Aug 7, 2023 at 16:42
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    I think the answer is "yes, everything has been used to deny the Moon landing, often in contradictory ways". This question seems to ask us to hunt for a "notable" claim which I don't think we do here; this isn't a conspiracy finding service. A more interesting question might be about the premise: is the "flawless" code execution proof against the Moon landing? Was it really flawless?
    – Schwern
    Commented Aug 9, 2023 at 17:30


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