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NASA’s first software engineer: Margaret Hamilton - Matt Porter and Margaret Hamilton


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The Apollo 11 moon landing was about the astronauts, mission control, software and hardware all working together as a seamless integrated system. None of which would have been possible without the contributions of one engineer: Margaret Hamilton. Who was this pioneer? Matt Porter and Margaret Hamilton detail how a woman and her team launched the software that took mankind to the Moon.

Margaret and her engineers had anticipate all sorts of problems that could happen so they could program it into the computer. Why was this important for the safety of the astronauts?

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Meet The Creators

  • Educator Matt Porter
  • Director Franco Barroeta Fonseca
  • Narrator Bethany Cutmore-Scott
  • Storyboard Artist José Ali Sánchez
  • Animator José Ali Sánchez, Vidal Barrera, Santiago Carreto, César García, Irma Arellano, Ricardo González, Daniela Leal
  • Compositor Julián André, Blas Cernicchiaro
  • Art Director Carolina Porrero , José Ali Sánchez
  • Sound Designer Julián André
  • Director of Production Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Producer Alex Rosenthal
  • Producer Bethany Cutmore-Scott
  • Associate Editorial Producer Dan Kwartler
  • Script Editor Iseult Gillespie
  • Fact-Checker Eden Girma
  • Collaborator Susan Norton

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