Honoring Four African-American Women Who Helped Launch Astronauts Into Space
Four black women -- Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson and Christine Darden -- were responsible for some of NASA’s greatest successes. Their story, told by a writer who knew them personally, highlights a key chapter in U.S. history.
This Black NASA Mathematician Was the Reason Many Astronauts Came Home — Their Life Depended on Her Calculations
In a 2011 interview with Virginia’s WHRO-TV, the human computer Katherine Johnson talks about her life as a young academic, her family and being a pioneer as one of the first Black people to work at NASA. Johnson reveals that her calculations for trajectory of space craft take-offs and landings were so dependable that astronauts …
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Katherine Johnson (b. 1918) is a former NASA physicist, space scientist, and mathematician of African-American heritage. She worked at Langley Research Centre from 1953 to 1986 as a “computer” - i.e. someone who did the math to make sure the rockets would lift off OK.
Katherine Johnson is a physicist, space scientist, and mathematician who contributed to America’s aeronautics and space programs with the early application of digital electronic computers at NASA. Her courage and perseverance helped to lead the way for both women and African-Americans in technical…The Incredible & Wonderful Ms. Katherine Johnson.
The Right Stuff. American Katherine G. Johnson, is a major reason why US astronauts successfully travelled to the moon. The 'Human Calculator' for NASA-- a mathematician, physicist and scientist, has a NASA facility named after her. She was interviewed for the September 2016 Vanity Fair issue. "Johnson’s specialty was calculating trajectories for space shots which determined the timing for launches, including the Mercury mission and Apollo 11, the mission to the moon."
NASA names facility for 'human computer' who calculated astronaut trajectories | collectSPACE
Fifty-five years after she helped compute, by hand, the launch window and trajectory for the first American astronaut's flight to space, NASA honored "human computer" Katherine Johnson with the naming of a computational research facility in Virginia.