NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson, made famous by the movie 'Hidden Figures', has died at the age of 101.
Her calculations helped the first American to orbit the Earth and inspired the movie “Hidden Figures."
The four Black women known as NASA's "hidden figures" during the Space Race will receive the highest civilian award for their contributions to space exploration.
The designation honors Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson and Dorothy Vaughan, the trailblazing black women depicted in the book and movie “Hidden Figures.”
NASA Trailblazers Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson were honored by Rep. Nancy Pelosi.
NASA renamed a West Virginia facility in her honor, 57 years after her calculations helped the first American orbit the Earth.
Taraji P. Henson portrayed Johnson in 2016's "Hidden Figures."
Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson and Christine Darden played integral roles in the success of NASA's space program.
Mattel is also honoring a few living legends, including Olympian Chloe Kim, this International Women's Day.
"We’re here to honor the legacy of one of the most admired and inspirational people ever associated with NASA."