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


Margaret Hamilton, lead software engineer of the Apollo Project, stands next to the code she wrote by hand and that was used to take humanity to the moon, 1969.

from WIRED

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

It was thanks to Margaret Hamilton that Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin could take a walk on the moon. Margaret is shown standing beside listings of the software developed by the team she was in charge of, all written out by hand. Photograph taken in 1969


Microscopic view of the 3-element NOR gate used for the Apollo Guidance Computer—an early, high-profile application of the then-new silicon integrated circuit.

This Apollo Guidance Computer measures 8 X 10 inches. Compared to the present day iPhone5, the iPhone is 1.8 million times more powerful. Apollo Computer: 36 kb IPhone 5: 64 million kb Wow!

from BBC Timelines

How the world came to be run by computer code

The Apollo Guidance Computer system was designed for the Nasa Apollo space programme. It was first used in 1966, and within three years helped Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin reach the surface of the Moon. With only 74KB of memory – less than a ONE page WORD document – it was able to control a 13,000kg spaceship, orbiting at 3,500km/h around the Moon, land it safely and return it back to Earth.

from Mail Online

Infographic reveals how the Apple Watch is equivalent to two iPhone 4s

The Apollo guidance computer that took astronauts to the moon had the processing power of 2 Nintendo Entertainment Systems

from Medium

Margaret Hamilton, the Engineer Who Took the Apollo to the Moon