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…
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Margaret Brainard Hamilton (December 9, 1902 – May 16, 1985) was an American film actress best known for her portrayal of Kansas curmudgeon Miss Almira Gulch and the Wicked Witch of the West in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's 1939 film The Wizard of Oz. A former schoolteacher, she worked as a character actor in films for seven years before she was offered the role that defined her public image.
Margaret Hamilton played the wicked witch in "The Wizard of Oz" but even without the makeup she shares an uncanny resemblance to Aunt Tanya in "The Silver Spoon". Ms. Hamilton played a vilian but Tanya was a vilian. (visit www.ktarcher.com to get more info on "The Silver Spoon")
Margaret Hamilton, leader of the team that developed the flight software for NASAs Apollo missions.