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NASA Mathematician Recognition

Last month NASA honored Katherine Johnson, an African-American mathematician and centenarian by naming a facility after her located in West Virginia. Johnson’s work included tracking  the orbits of certain major missions, including Alan Shepard’s Freedom 7 in 1961 and John Glenn’s Friendship 7 in 1962. She accomplished these missions, while also overcoming the obstacles of racial discrimination. Click here to read more about her legacy!