Katherine Johnson, NASA
The breakout movie Hidden Figures tells the story of three African American women who worked as mathematicians at NASA. The story sheds light on the significant contributions of the three women—Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson—but also the broader impact that women had behind the scenes at NASA. Johnson, Vaughan, and Jackson all began their careers at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA)—which later became NASA—working as “computers.” Computers were not w...
Katherine Johnson (born August 26, 1918) is an American physicist, space scientist, and mathematician who contributed to America's aeronautics and space programs with the early application of digital electronic computers at NASA. Known for accuracy in computerized celestial navigation, she calculated the trajectory for Project Mercury and the 1969 Apollo 11 flight to the Moon.
Fab actresses Octavia Spencer, Taraji P. Henson and Janelle Monae portray black women legends of the NASA program who were vital to the success of putting the first man on the moon. Henson will take on the role of Katherine Johnson (a mathematician) and both Spencer and Monae will play her colleagues Dorothy Vaughn and Mary Jackson.
Katherine Johnson American physicist, space scientist, and mathematician. Known for accuracy in computerized celestial navigation, her technical leadership work at NASA spanned decades where she calculated the trajectories, launch windows and emergency back-up return paths for many flights from Project Mercury including the early NASA missions Apollo 11 flight to the Moon and continued work through the Space Shuttle program and on early plans for the Mission to Mars. DSAN