"Apollo was a major software project. Astronauts used the Apollo Guidance Computer, placed in both the command module & the lunar module, for navigation assistance & to control the spacecraft, & someone needed to program it. The software for the guidance computer was written by a team at the MIT Instrumentation Laboratory, headed up by Margaret Hamilton. Here's a picture of her next to the code she and her colleagues wrote for the Apollo 11 guidance computer that made the moon landing…

Meet Margaret Hamilton, the badass '60s programmer who saved the moon landing

"Apollo was a major software project. Astronauts used the Apollo Guidance Computer, placed in both the command module & the lunar module, for navigation assistance & to control the spacecraft, & someone needed to program it. The software for the guidance computer was written by a team at the MIT Instrumentation Laboratory, headed up by Margaret Hamilton. Here's a picture of her next to the code she and her colleagues wrote for the Apollo 11 guidance computer that made the moon landing…

Margaret Hamilton, leader of the team that developed the flight software for NASAs Apollo missions.

Margaret Hamilton, leader of the team that developed the flight software for NASAs Apollo missions.

Margaret Hamilton (best known for her role as the Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz).

Margaret Hamilton (best known for her role as the Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz).

The Wizard of Oz. Here's Margaret Hamilton in later years posing in front of a photo from The Wizard of Oz. She played Miss Gulch and The Wicked Witch of the West.

The Wizard of Oz. Here's Margaret Hamilton in later years posing in front of a photo from The Wizard of Oz. She played Miss Gulch and The Wicked Witch of the West.

The Wicked Witch of the West (played by Margaret Hamilton, reprising her role from the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz) flies over Sesame Street and loses her broom.

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The Wicked Witch of the West (played by Margaret Hamilton, reprising her role from the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz) flies over Sesame Street and loses her broom.

The Great Margaret Hamilton

The Great Margaret Hamilton

Margaret Hamilton << I adore this lady, while other kids were terrified of her in the Wizard of Oz, she made me laugh, she looked like she was having an awful lot of fun playing the witch. Heheh.

Margaret Hamilton << I adore this lady, while other kids were terrified of her in the Wizard of Oz, she made me laugh, she looked like she was having an awful lot of fun playing the witch. Heheh.

Margaret Hamilton as the Wicked Witch of the West. This character scarred me for LIFE!

Margaret Hamilton as the Wicked Witch of the West. This character scarred me for LIFE!

Margaret Hamilton, lead Apollo flight software designer, inside the Command Module. Credit: NASA

Margaret Hamilton, lead Apollo flight software designer, inside the Command Module. Credit: NASA

Margaret Hamilton in The Wizard of Oz (Victor Fleming, 1939)  via bellecs

Margaret Hamilton in The Wizard of Oz (Victor Fleming, 1939) via bellecs

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