Life has some interesting coincidences. As I was preparing this blog for public launch, I happened to see the movie trailer for "Hidden Figures".
It tells the true story of three brilliant women, all African-American, who were part of the early NASA space programme helping to put man on the moon.
An incredible science story that was lost to history...until now.
As a computer, she calculated the trajectory for Alan Shepard, the first American in space. Even after NASA began using electronic computers, John Glenn requested that she personally recheck the calculations made by the new electronic computers before his flight aboard Friendship 7- the mission on which he became the First American to orbit the Earth.
I counted everything: the steps, the dishes, the stars in the sky, says Katherine Johnson of her childhood. Math has given her joy for as long as she can remember, and it seems that becoming a professional mathematician was her destiny. As an African-American woman from rural West Virginia...the path that brought her to the profession seems as extraordinary as the equations she used to help send John Glenn into orbit around the earth and land Neil Armstrong on the moon.