The Women Behind the Lunar Landing
You have probably heard and even studied the history of the Apollo space mission and astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. The defining moment of the country united together to put a man on the moon is very inspirational. But have you heard of the women that made it possible? Margaret Hamiltona self taught computer software engineer, and her colleague, programming pioneer and CoBOL inventor, Grace Hopper played an integral role in the Apollo space mission. The mission was made possible due to the world’s first chip-based computers. These particular computers were programmed,by Margaret Hamilton, one of the first women to enter the software field. It is not hard to understand why the astronauts that risked their lives are the ones we remember. However, I would like to take a moment to also remember these two incredible women, who were making huge strides in computer science way before there was any STEMS education movement focusing on young girls. These were intelligent, gutsy, and creative women. Grace Hopper died in 1992. To read more about her life click here. To learn more about Margaret Hamilton click here. Margaret Hamilton went on to become and incredible businesswoman and is not the CEO of Hamilton Technologies, Inc. Now that is what I call rockstars of science.