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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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“This is Margaret Hamilton, NASA lead software engineer, and this is the Apollo guidance program she wrote.”

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Her Code Got Humans on the Moon—And Invented Software Itself

Margaret Hamilton wasn’t supposed to invent the modern concept of software and land men on the moon.

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Margaret Hamilton--If you ever get a chance to see her in anything other than Oz, she's really charming!

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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.

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Margaret Hamilton (most famously known for her role as The Wicked Witch Of The West) was also a social pioneer, activist and educator...but we remember a cackle.

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Margaret Hamilton--school teacher, animal rights activist, member of the Beverly Hills Board of Education and character actress best known for playing the Wicked Witch of the West.

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