Catherine Johnson, a former mathematician at NASA, whose journey was featured in the 201
Independent Verification The Verification Mechanism (IV & V) in Fairmont, West Virginia, was renamed Johnson, an African-American man who led an outstanding career at the agency during high tension in racing, as well as an important role with the National Advisory Committee Aeronautics, NASA's predecessor, was filled mostly by men.
"I am very glad that we honor Catherine Johnson in this way, because she is a real American icon that overcame incredible obstacles and inspired many," said NASA administrator Jim Bridzhenstein. in a press release on the eve. "This is a good tribute to name the person who carries her legacy of critical computing in her honor."
FLASHBACK: STUNS SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS Actor Taradzie P. Henson played in the "Hidden Drawings" film in the "100 Years Anniversary" in August, a critically acclaimed film on his journey as "computer" in the 1950s and 60s, as well as African-American women, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson.
According to NASA, Johnson "calculated the trajectory of the Liberation Mission 7 of Alan Shepard in 1961." Shepard was the first American to enter space.
"The following year, Johnson performed the work for which she became most famous when she was asked to check the results of electronic computers in order to calculate the orbit of John Glen's" Friendship 7 "mission." – The agency said. Then Johnson "continued to make calculations for NASA throughout his car, including several Apollo missions."
Last year, the Congress passed a bill that allowed changing the name of an issue that President Trump signed on Dec. 11.
Johnson was awarded the Freedom Medal, the highest civilian honor of the nation, in 2015 by former President Obama.
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The IV & V program, which helps to help "NASA's highest missions provide software on these missions is done correctly."
"This is the honor of the main focus of NASA's IV & V program, now by Catherine Johnson," Gregory Blaney, program director, he said. "It's a way for us to recognize Katherine's car and its contributions not only during the Black Month of History, but every day, every year."