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Google honors Apollo 11 software developer Margaret Hamilton



This week marks the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, and Google celebrated the occasion by creating a 1.4 square-mile portrait of Apollo software developer Margaret Hamilton using more than 107,000 mirrors from the Mojave's Ivanpah Solar Facility Desert.

Apollo 11 was manned by Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins, and brought humans to the Moon in 1969 for the first time. Hamilton led the development team responsible for programming the on-board software for Apollo 11 and all manned NASA Apollo missions. The 82-year-old Hamilton was honored in 2016 by Barack Obama for her leadership role with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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Google's portrait of Hamilton used more than 100,000 mirrors to reflect the moonlight. The tech giant said the picture was larger than Central Park and could be seen more than a mile above sea level. On the home page of Google Search, you'll also find a doodle moon landing on the Apollo 11 and a video with Collins describing the mission. Apollo 11 was launched on July 16, 1969 and returned to Earth on July 24.


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