NASA Names Research Facility After Human Computer Katherine Johnson

Katherine G Johnson Computational Research Facility

It doesn’t have to be Black History Month to celebrate all of this Black girl magic!

NASA has named its new research facility after real-life hidden figure Katherine Johnson. Known as the “human computer,” Katherine joined the NASA team in 1953 until she retired in 1986. The West Virginia native became a high school freshman by the tender age of 10, an amazing feat during an era where it was considered a luxury for African-Americans to continue education beyond eighth grade. One of the most notable achievements in her powerful and meticulous career as a mathematician is when she calculated the trajectory for Alan Shepard, who was the first American to make it into space. Even after NASA began using electronic computers, John Glenn personally requested that she check the computers’ calculations before boarding the Friendship 7, later making him the first American to orbit Earth.

The Katherine G. Johnson Computational Research Facility is 37,000 square feet of data centers and server rooms located at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia where scientists will be able to access some of the best and most powerful computers. According to NASA, this facility will serve as an office area for researchers to conduct their work.

Congratulations once again to the brilliant Katherine Johnson.

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