We're saddened by the passing of celebrated #HiddenFigures mathematician Katherine Johnson. Today, we celebrate her 101 years of life and honor her legacy of excellence that broke down racial and social barriers: https://t.co/Tl3tsHAfYB pic.twitter.com/dGiGmEVvAW— NASA (@NASA) February 24, 2020
Katherine Johnson was a African American 'human computer' at NASA and did much of the complex orbital math for NASA's first human space flight and the moon landing. Her story was told in the movie Hidden Figures. President Barack Obama presented Katherine Johnson with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015.