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Contribution of women to space missions

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July 20th, 1969, Apollo 11 landed on the moon. When Neil Armstrong stepped on the moon, he said, This is one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind. Neil would not have been able to take that step if it wasnt for Margaret Hamilton, the lead software engineer for Project Apollo.

Back in the 1960s, jobs like computer programming were considered jobs for women, as programming was looked upon as being more of a typing or data entry sort of work, where women were mostly hired. As director of Software Engineering Division of the MIT Instrumental Laboratory, Hamilton led the development of the on- board flight software for the Apollo space program. She was only 31 when Apollo 11 landed on the moon, and it was possible only because she designed software robust enough to handle spaces unpredictable variables.

In the same way, Katherine Johnson was a role model to women and African Americans, Johnson was an aerospace technologist at NASA. Initially, she worked in a pool with other women reading data from the black boxes of planes and carrying out other mathematical tasks. She was then assigned to help the all-male flight research team. Her knowledge of analytic geometry helped make quick allies of male bosses and colleagues to the extent that they forgot to return her to the pool. Her work throughout the early era of manned space flight included the first mission to the moon.

These women have contributed a great deal and their achievement has been more than commendable.

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