Hamilton standing next to the navigation software that she and her MIT team produced for the Apollo project.
Hamilton, who also spent time as a computer scientist at MIT Lincoln Laboratory before starting her own software company, was honored for her contributions “to concepts of asynchronous software, priority scheduling and priority displays, and human-in-the-loop decision capability, which set the foundation for modern, ultra-reliable software design and engineering.”
The stories of NASAs formative years and the early days of the space program have been chronicled time and time again, but Theodore Melfis Hidden Figures is telling one weve not seen before about the African American women who helped send rockets to the stars. Its looking great so far.
Based on Margot Lee Shetterlys upcoming non-fiction book Hidden Figures: The Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race, the movie follows the story of Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae), the female scientists crucial to NASAs early work on Project Mercury and the 1969 moon landing.
Weve been looking forward to this movie for quite some time, and the first trailer does a lot to stoke our excitement even furtherespecially because of its surprising amount of humor amidst the serious backdrop of how women and African-Americans were treated in the 60s. This looks full of style, fun, and insight into the earliest days of the space industry. Hidden Figures is due to hit theaters in January 2017.