On Thursday, Google unveiled a huge tribute to Hamilton in the Mojave Desert, California: More than 107,000 mirrors were positioned to reflect the moonlight and shape her image for one night.
Who is Margaret Hamilton?
Hamilton has effectively invented the term "software engineer" with the development of the Apollo's lead computer, the lifeline for astronauts who controlled the spacecraft.
She regularly brought her young daughter Lauren. Working with her on weekends, the search giant said. Lauren played in the simulator her mother had built to test flight programs, and inadvertently forced Hamilton to rethink her strategy.
Lauren crashed the simulator once and ended the mission prematurely by pressing a button while the vehicle was in flight.
Hamilton programmed backstops to prevent an astronaut from executing the same middle flight ̵
Hamilton's software prevented Apollo 11 disaster
However, every time the software approached the congestion, it cleared all tasks and allowed the astronauts to enter the landing commands. Hamilton wrote that the emergency preparedness of the software contributed to the rescue of the mission.
"Looking back, we were the happiest people in the world," she said of the team that has developed the software that has never existed in such a capacity before. "There was no choice but to be pioneers."
Hamilton has never left the Earth's atmosphere, but without their groundbreaking software, it is unlikely that the American flag would have been planted on the Moon in July 1969.