The famous German rocket engineer Wernher von Braun is fourth from left (with binoculars). Here is the Apollo 11 lunar module – the vehicle that would carry Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to the moon’s surface.
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She worked on the command module program responsible for turning the engines on and off; astronauts used the program to adjust their trajectory when they exited earth’s orbit or when they entered the lunar orbit.
Answering President Kennedy’s 1961 call to put a man on the moon before the decade was over meant it wasn’t unusual for people to work nights and weekends on the project.
Armstrong and Aldrin spent 21 1/2 hours on the moon’s surface.
They collected 47.5 pounds (21.5 kg) of moon rocks for return to Earth.
Hamilton and Zeldin worked in Cambridge at the MIT Instrumentation Lab (later spun off to become Draper).
Zeldin, an engineer with a degree in physics, joined the lab in 1966 when she was 26.
“We need that diversity, and we need people to see themselves in space exploration because we’re going to need all of them to succeed in the future.”“Our astronauts didn’t have much time, but thankfully, they had Margaret Hamilton,” President Obama said in 2016 when he presented the Cambridge resident with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.
The world watched on television as Neil Armstrong took the first steps on the moon’s surface on July 20, 1969. As he stepped onto the lunar surface, Armstrong said, “That is one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.” July 20, 1969.