Hidden Figure Katherine Johnson spaceship

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Hidden Figure Katherine Johnson spaceship

Post by koimaster » February 7th 2021, 10:30pm

Legendary NASA Mathematician Katherine Johnson Now Has a Spacecraft Named After Her

Johnson's calculations of orbital mechanics were pivotal to the success of the first crewed space flights.

Considering the crucial role Katherine Johnson played in helping humankind reach space, it’s only fitting that a space craft would finally be named after her.

Northrop Grumman has announced that it will name its new NG-15 Cygnus spacecraft after the legendary NASA mathematician. The ship, which will bear the name the SS Katherine Johnson, will be used for an upcoming cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station.

Johnson, who passed away last February at the age of 101, spent 33 years working at NASA as a mathematician. During her time at the space agency, her calculations of orbital mechanics—including trajectories, launch windows, and emergency return and rendezvous paths—were vital to the success of the first crewed space flights. Her work was so trusted that astronaut John Glenn requested that she double check the computer’s calculations by hand before he became the first American to orbit the Earth in 1962. Johnson’s story—along with those of Mary Jackson and Dorothy Vaughn, two other female African-American mathematicians working at NASA at the same time—was the basis for 2016 film Hidden Figures, in which she was portrayed by Taraji P. Henson. In 2015, Johnson was awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.

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Re: Hidden Figure Katherine Johnson spaceship

Post by biglove » February 8th 2021, 6:28pm

That's awesome and long overdue. What an incredible mind she possessed.
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