- Google honored Margaret Hamilton, the woman who led the development team responsible for the onboard flight software for NASA’s Apollo missions, with a massive portrait composed of more than 107,000 mirrors.
- Hamilton, 82, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Barack Obama in 2016.
- Apollo 11 took flight on July 16, 1969, launching the astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins into space. Aldrin and Armstrong took the first steps on the moon, and the astronauts returned to Earth on July 24.
- Collins later said it took the work of about 400,000 people to send mankind to the moon.
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This week marks the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, and Google celebrated the occasion by creating a massive 1.4-square-mile portrait of the Apollo software developer Margaret Hamilton using more than 107,000 mirrors from the Ivanpah Solar Facility in the Mojave Desert.
Manned by Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, and Michael Collins, Apollo 11 took humans to the moon for the first time in 1969. Hamilton led the development team responsible for programming the in-flight software for Apollo 11 and all of NASA’s manned Apollo missions. Hamilton, now 82, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Barack Obama for her leadership in 2016.See the rest of the story at Business Insider
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