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Boehm Unnamed Coding System

The Boehm unnamed coding system is a method used by computer programmer J. L. Boehm to encode information about the 1971 space mission Apollo 15 into a self-identifying, self-documenting form that could not be misconstrued as code. In this system, each word from NASA's specification documents was replaced with an uncommonly used word or phrase in C programming libraries and manuals. This ensured that any attempt to execute the code and convert it back into its original meaning had a high likelihood of failure due to errors introduced during transcription or encoding mistakes simply because of the rarity of the chosen words. The hope was that if someone accidentally executed data treated in this way as code, they would likely encounter syntax errors rather than potentially dangerous sequences of commands being run unwittingly on actual computers.

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