Katherine Johnson, NASA mathematician depicted in 'Hidden Figures,' dead at 101

BREAKING: Katherine Johnson, NASA mathematician depicted in 'Hidden Figures', has died at age 101.

2/24/2020

BREAKING: Katherine Johnson, NASA mathematician depicted in 'Hidden Figures', has died at age 101.

Johnson 'was an American hero and her pioneering legacy will never be forgotten,' NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine wrote on Twitter.

Terms of Service The film also stars Octavia Spencer as mathematician Dorothy Vaughan and Janelle Monáe as engineer Mary Jackson. Johnson began working at NASA's predecessor, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics’ in 1953 at the Langley laboratory in Virginia. In her role there, she did trajectory analysis for Alan Shepard’s 1961 mission Freedom 7, which was America’s first human spaceflight, according to NASA. She was also the first woman in the Flight Research Division to receive credit as an author of a research report for her work with Ted Skopinski on detailing the equations describing an orbital spaceflight. Dec. 9, 2016 02:02 She was best-known though for work that greatly contributed to the first American orbital spaceflight, piloted by John Glenn. The 1962 flight required the construction of a"worldwide communications network" linking tracking stations around the world to computers in Washington, D.C., Cape Canaveral, and Bermuda. But astronauts weren't keen on"putting their lives in the care of the electronic calculating machines, which were prone to hiccups and blackouts," according to NASA. So Glenn asked engineers to"get the girl," referring to Johnson, to run the computer equations by hand. “If she says they’re good,’” Johnson remembered Glenn saying, “then I’m ready to go.” "Glenn’s flight was a success, and marked a turning point in the competition between the United States and the Soviet Union in space," NASA says. But"when asked to name her greatest contribution to space exploration, Katherine Johnson talks about the calculations that helped synch Project Apollo’s Lunar Lander with the moon-orbiting Command and Service Module," according to NASA. Elisha Fieldstadt Read more: NBC News

Morning_Joe We only found about her after the movie, for some reason she is not in any of the history books. Wonder Why? The 'Figure' is hidden no more! I am glad she got to see herself depicted in a movie. Rest in Peace Dear Soul. 🙏🏽 RIP 🙏🏾 Eli_Fieldstadt Talk about a Hollywood/CIA PSYOP.. My condolences to the family. She will be remembered 💖

🙏 An incredible woman. May she rest in peace

Katherine Johnson, NASA Mathematician Portrayed in 'Hidden Figures,' Dies at 101Johnson was played by Taraji P. Henson in the acclaimed 2016 film RIP Bless her soul. She was a national hero. RIP. A true American hero.

Great mind lost RIP Katherine Johnson 😢 New_Narrative SAD 😢 SoSAD SoSad! Condolences to you and your family and your friends and all those involved! 🕊️💔 So glad her story was told before she died. It deserved to be told - And far earlier than it was. noooooooooooooooooooooooo 😭 Katherine was an inspiration. A genius. A legend. The world is better and more advanced because of her. May she RIP.

SChristy16 What a brilliant and inspirational woman! May she Rest In Peace. Thank you Katherine, you are a Queen. We owe so much to you Eli_Fieldstadt I get this was breaking news, but this hero deserved a much better article than what was written. RIP ma...

Katherine Johnson Dies at 101; Mathematician Broke Barriers at NASABreaking News: Katherine Johnson, whose calculations enabled Apollo 11 to land on the moon, has died at 101. Her story was told in the film 'Hidden Figures.' An amazing and inspiring woman. Thank you, Mrs. Johnson. An inspiration. A legend.

She had such a beautiful mind. This is a real loss. May she rest in peace. We just lost a legend Morning_Joe A life well lived to be sure! Rest In Peace and Godspeed Ms. Johnson! Wow! What a wonderful woman and a wonderful life lived! I’m so thankful to know your story and the example you were for all of us. ♥️

She was brilliant!!! Morning_Joe A GREAT American. 😞🙏 RIP, Katherine Johnson. You inspired many young women. Shero Morning_Joe What a gal Rip strong woman 👊❤

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Sad News, Katherine was a great Pioneer who is a big part of USA History. R.I.P. and my Sincere Condolences to her family. Morning_Joe Truly amazing! Morning_Joe May she Rest In Peace She leaves a nation divided That was an incredible age for an incredible woman. May she rest truly in peace.

Real-Life 'Hidden Figures' Mathematician Katherine Johnson Dead at 101Katherine Johnson, the real-life 'Hidden Figures' mathematician played by Taraji P. Henson, has died at 101. rip🙏🏾🙏🏾 🙏🏾 Legend who won’t be forgotten

Katherine Johnson, mathematician and real-life subject of 'Hidden Figures,' dies at 101NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson, who helped pave the way for the first American astronaut to successfully orbit the Earth, died Monday morning at the age of 101, according to NASA. The pivotal roles of Johnson and other African American women at NASA were highlighted in the 2016 film 'Hidden RIP

Katherine Johnson, NASA Mathematician Portrayed in 'Hidden Figures,' Dies at 101Johnson was played by Taraji P. Henson in the acclaimed 2016 film RIP Bless her soul. She was a national hero. RIP. A true American hero.



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