The Lunar Lander

The Lunar Lander

The Apollo space program successfully landed 12 astronauts on the Moon between 1969 and 1972. Lunar landings were conducted with the Lunar Excursion Module (LEM), which is depicted in the photomicrograph above as a 20 micron-high silicon doodle. We discovered this artwork on a Texas Instruments Schottky logic circuit similar to the ones containing the Starship Enterprise and the sailboat that were produced in the late 1960s and early 1970s. These chips are some of the oldest in our collection and represent the earliest silicon artwork incorporated onto integrated circuit surfaces.


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