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When I think about how a group of smart, driven, and visionary people accomplished the impossible 49 years ago, I marvel at what they achieved with the nascent technologies they used (i.e. silcon chips). Sometimes it makes today’s innovation seem pedestrian or at least far less frightening.

Many of these folks were technically gifted… astronauts, engineers, scientists. Many, many more who brought other types of capabilities, supported their efforts. How did these two cohorts, with wildly different languages, thought processes, and skills accomplish one of man’s greatest acheivement? They met face-to-face.

When “Engineer Meets Human” the potential for misunderstanding is high. Direct, transparent, communication can solve any problem… even when the stakes are astronomical.

https://archive.nytimes.com/www.nytimes.com/learning/general/onthisday/big/0720.html#article