apollo programme

Margaret Hamilton (b. 1936) is a computer scientist and engineer who, as Director of the Software Engineering Division of the MIT Instrumentation Laboratory, played an important part in the Apollo space programme. Her division was responsible for developing the onboard flight software for the missions that put the first men on the Moon, and she was the supervisor and lead programmer of the project.

She graduated with a degree in abstract mathematics, during a time when computer science and software engineering were not yet disciplines in their own right. She worked for the SAGE Project, used by the military in aircraft defense. Since 1986 she has been the CEO of Hamilton Technologies, an organization which she founded.

How three black women helped send John Glenn into orbit
A new film, Hidden Figures, tells the story of the maths wizards who Nasa relied on
By Edward Helmore

When John Glenn was waiting to be fired into orbit aboard Friendship 7 in 1962, there was one person he trusted with the complex trajectory calculations required to bring him down safely from his orbital spaceflight: Katherine Johnson, an African-American mathematician who worked in Nasa’s segregated west area computers division.

“Get the girl, check the numbers,” Glenn said before boarding the rocket. “If she says they’re good, I’m good to go.”

Johnson was one of three female African-American mathematicians known as the “computers in skirts” who worked on the Redstone, Mercury and Apollo space programmes for Nasa. Now, thanks to an award-tipped movie, Johnson, Mary Jackson and Dorothy Vaughan are about to become more widely celebrated.

The film, Hidden Figures, stars Taraji P Henson of TV series Empire, soul singer and actress Janelle Monáe, Octavia Spencer from The Help movie, and Academy Award winner Kevin Costner.

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Did you know that during Lunar Orbit Rendezvous studies, the Lunar Excursion Module was to have been attached to the “Command Ship” by two telescoping rotating arms? The LEM would have been rotated around and inserted into the docking probe manually, but with no actual maneuvering of vehicles.  The process was reversed for descent to the lunar surface. However, when the time came to meet up with the primary ship in Lunar Orbit, docking would be manual in the sense of piloting two vehicles together, since the connectors for the arms were on the descent stage of the LEM left on the Lunar Surface.

As a side note, this is also my favourite LOR LEM. I’m also fond of some Direct Ascent concepts.

From this video.

Day 1 WicDiv Challenge

Day 1: Favourite Issue (Minus Commercial Suicide)

Muhahaha, etc.

More seriously, either 11 or 14. 11 was the one where I looked at it and was so proud of everyone and what we achieved in the space and time. I don’t think we’re naturally graceful storytellers - which is mainly due to my choices at script stage - but this was a rare case where the rollercoaster worked almost exactly like we wanted. 14 is almost the opposite - where we lean into the awkwardness and make it aggressive, doing something which we weren’t even sure was possible. Everyone had to actually invent so much stuff in that issue.

(Obviously everyone in the Eisners this year did astounding work and I yelped when Jordie actually won, but I’m actively offended that Matt didn’t get a colouring nomination. It’d as if they didn’t even notice Matt was doing a colouring equivalent of the Apollo space programme. Was very happy he got several call outs from the stage from people who worked with him.)

I almost wanted to choose an issue that’s ahead, but don’t want to i) jinx it ii) give away which issue it is. But there’s definitely at least a few issues in the second half of WicDiv that could work as well as the ones here.

Okay - I’ll say one. The last issue. 

Challenge here.

anonymous asked:

Hello. Something like two months ago you talked about being reading some books about space? I trust your judgment on books, you have a great taste, and I'm out of things I want to read. Could you please say what books those were, if you don't mind?

Yoooo of course! Only too happy to talk about space :D I read six books recently involving space and four were great and two were… not so great.
The four no particular order: 

The first called ‘Packing for Mars’ and it’s about all the little niggly human stuff we have to overcome to travel in space, like motion sickness, food, bathing etc. I love the writing style and I LOVE when nasa stop emailing her back when she asks questions that are too embarrassing. Some of it is so, so funny.

The next is called A Man On The Moon and it’s a look back over the whole of the Apollo space programme, with some of the missions written in a very narrative way which I like a lot. They’re also so gung ho and ridic, going to the moon in craft as thin as tinfoil.

If you like flights of total space fancy theres one from 1978 called ‘Colonies in Space’ which is about how we will all definitely be living in space in wonderfully nuts colonies any day now. There’s also diagrams.

And my ABSOLUTE FAV, which is fiction, is ‘The Martian’ wherein I saw the film, watched all of the extras, immediately read the book, watched the film again and then went out and bought all these other books about space.