NASA honors 'hidden figures' who helped John Glenn orbit the Earth

NASA renamed the street in front of their Washington headquarters Hidden Figures Way in honor of the three African American women who helped John Glenn orbit the Earth.

13.6.2019

NASA honored three 'hidden figures' who helped pave the way for the first American astronaut to successfully orbit the Earth by renaming the street in front of its Washington headquarters.

NASA renamed the street in front of their Washington headquarters Hidden Figures Way in honor of the three African American women who helped John Glenn orbit the Earth.

The three women were mathematical masterminds who helped make history.

In December 2018, the D.C. Council unanimously voted to honor the"hidden figure" scientists and rename the 300 block of E Street, Southwest, according to ABC Washington affiliate WJLA.

"It's about how human computers -- these female mathematicians -- were doing the heavy lifting in aeronautical research, and it's about how women of all backgrounds prove that not only are women good at math, sometimes they're the best at math," Lee said.

Read more: ABC News

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