Now, her name and legacy will stay on the front and center of a NASA facility that epitomizes her work.
"The facility's program contributes to the safety and success of NASA's highest-profile missions by ensuring that mission software performs properly," the space agency said.
The renaming could not be more apt for Johnson, who hand-calculated the trajectory for America's first manned trip to space.
Any little error could spell disaster. But Johnson and the Computer Pool made calculations for groundbreaking, successful space missions, including Alan Shepard's 1
A pivotal scene in the movie features Glenn nervously preparing for his flight. Computing machines were so new, Glenn was skeptical of their calculations. So Glenn requested that Johnson – whose brilliance was known within NASA – independently confirmed the calculations by hand before he felt comfortable enough to start his trip three times around the Earth.
However, Johnson's rise within NASA was not easy.