The Katherine Johnson Building Is Now Open At NASA And We’re Excited
Known famously for her portrayal in the movie Hidden Figures, NASA Legend, Katherine Johnson whose contributions were pivotal in the success of America’s first space flights was recently honored in Hampton.
The 99 year old described by the Governor of Virginia as “a woman who broke down barriers” had joined NASA at a time when it was difficult not just for women, but for African Americans. She had worked as a mathematician alongside Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson performing some of NASA’s most daunting calculations in the 1960’s.
Johnson who had become a freshman in high school at 10, graduated from college at the age of 18 and was in 2015 awarded the Presidential medal of freedom.
She was also present at the event at the NASA’s Langley research center. The facility named after Johnson is projected to be a vital part of the Mars 2020 landing operation by the space agency, and is disclosed to house five Langley data centers, and more than 30 server rooms.
We are on this end very excited about Katherine and her feat, about how many years later she keeps winning, about the girl who loved to count and what this did for her, for we are in this moment reminded of a quote from the human calculator herself;