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Trailblazing NASA Mathematician Katherine Johnson Dies at 101 – The Daily Beast

Johnson calculated the trajectory of man’s first trip to the moon, and her work remains vital to human spaceflight today.



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The legendary NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson died Monday at the age of 101, the U.S. space agency has announced. Johnson developed mathematical equations that were essential to NASAs early efforts to send astronauts into space and then to the moonand the principles discovered in her work remain at the core of manned space travel today. Her trailblazing career was portrayed by Taraji P. Henson in the Oscar-nominated 2016 film Hidden Figures, which told the story of the black women whose wor…

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