Come see "America in Space," an exhibit honoring Owego's vital role in the NASA space program!
Fifty years ago, in July of 1969, millions of people all around the world watched their television screens as humankind's greatest adventure, a successful trip to the moon and back, unfolded before their eyes. In some American communities, however, thousands of men and women were much more than mere spectators.
In Owego, involvement began with the first computer to go on a manned space mission. The Gemini program had the first on-board computer; it was designed and produced in Owego. Owego helped in the development of the computers that guided the mighty Saturn rockets carrying Apollo to the moon. Skylab, America's first manned space station had computers from IBM Owego on board. The fleet of space shuttles all had computers made in Owego. As the space program progressed, continuing upgrades were made. The final space shuttle had a computer that was almost 500 times more powerful than the first one!