President Obama awarded the Medal of Freedom to Margaret Hamilton

Last night President Obama awarded the Medal of Freedom to Margaret Hamilton, now 80 years old, for her contribution to Apollo 11 and a career in software programming that spans fifty years. “Margaret led the team that created the on-board flight software that allowed the Eagle to land safely. [She] symbolizes that generation of unsung women who helped send humankind into space. Her software architecture echoes in countless technologies today, and her example speaks of the American spirit of discovery that exists in every little girl and little boy who know that somehow to look beyond the heavens is to look deep within ourselves and to figure out just what is possible”

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