NASA officially renames a facility in West Virginia after Catherine Johnson, an African-American mathematician and centenarian, whose barrier career is depicted in Hidden Figures.
The 2016 movie based on a book released earlier this year depicts the struggle of Ms. Johnson and other black women for equality at NASA at the height of the space age and segregation. The mathematician followed the trajectories of decisive missions in the 1960s.
"I'm excited to honor Catherine Johnson in this way, as it is a real American icon that overcomes incredible obstacles and inspires so many people," NASA said on Friday in a statement. The dedication ceremony will be held later.
"He is so happy and proud to have seen Catherine Johnson's legacy, cementing" Marking the significance of honor during the Black Historical Month.
President Trump signed the measure to renaming the facility after Ms Johnson in December, after the Congress passed a bill introduced by Senator Capito about it, a NASA spokesman said. 19659006] Ms. Johnson, who celebrates 100 years in August, "remains in awe and honored by the honors she has received," said Joliet Hillik, one of Mrs. Johnson's daughters. Mrs. Hake said her mother "can not imagine why people would like to worship her for just having done a good job." national stage. In 2015, President Barack Obama  awarded him the Presidential Medal for Freedom, the highest civic honor of the nation.
Ms. Johnson was not always respected. Called "colorful computers," she and other black women who worked in NASA's computing pool more than half a century ago, have been separated from their white colleagues while calculating trajectories for Apollo missions and other programs. Ms. Johnson traced the orbits of some great missions, including Alan Shepherd's 7 freedom in 1961 and John Glenn's friendship in 1962, the agency said.
"Hidden Figures," the book about Ms. Johnson and other black women struggle for workplace equality, raising awareness of her status as a pioneer. The film of the same name received three Oscar nominations.
"The exciting thing about me and the movie is that it's an American story that we see through the faces of these women," said Margo Lee Sheetters, author of the book, to the New York Times in 2016  Ms.. Johnson even appeared at the Oscars award ceremony in 2017, where Taraji P. Hanson, who portrayed Ms. Johnson in the film, calls her "real NASA and American hero."
Ms. Hillik said her mother lived comfortably and was humbled by the confession. She added that she hoped the dedication would inspire others in the future beyond the Black History Month.