"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.
The Great Margaret Hamilton
••Margaret Hamilton's Code Got Humans on the Moon + Invented Software Itself!•• Wired article 2015-10-13: in a Man's world, yes, it was/is a woman! ; ) 1960 MIT math undergrad • she did when software was not part of language, nor in NASA/Apollo budget + women were not engineers/programmers
young Margaret Hamilton (Wicked Witch of the West in the Wizard of OZ)
Margaret Hamilton--If you ever get a chance to see her in anything other than Oz, she's really charming!
Margaret Hamilton, a.k.a The Wicked Witch of the West
Margaret Hamilton was the lead software engineer on the team that developed the Apollo flight computer software, and is credited with coining the term "software engineering." As the Apollo 11 Lunar Module tried to land, an error in the flight manual led to an unnecessary radar being left on, overloading the computer. Her robust design allowed it to detect and report overload situations, and to skip lower-priority tasks. The system handled it appropriately and the landing was not aborted.
The Wizard Of OZ / The bad witch Margaret Hamilton Actress Born: December 9, 1902, Cleveland, OH Died: May 16, 1985, Salisbury, CT Movies and TV shows: The Wizard of Oz, 13 Ghosts, …
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.