NASA needs more than brains for Mars's mission, says Professor Jeffrey Johnson, University of Florida, in an American Society for a Science Conference conference on "Building a Earning Team for Missions to Mars".

Late recognition was made to Katherine Johnson, one of the mathematicians who appeared in the 2016 "Hidden Figures" film.

Now the prizes are discharged.

Johnson, who along with other African-American women has had to overcome racial and sexual discrimination to rise through the NASA series in the 1950s and 60s, has received another major difference in naming one of the premises in the agency. his honor

Katherine Johnson Independent Verification and Validation Facility at Fairmont, West Virginia – its native state – housing that helps to protect NASA's top profile trips by ensuring that software is operating properly, according to the agency's website.

The building was named over the weekend in encouraging a congressional bill signed by law by President Donald Trump in December.

"I am pleased that we are honoring Katherine Johnson like this, as it is a truly American icon that survived incredible obstacles and inspired so much," said NASA Administrator, Jim Bridenstine. "It's a good tribute to name the facility that is on its legacy of missionary accounts in its honor."

This combined picture shows, Katherine Johnson in the pressroom at the Oscars in Los Angeles on February 26, 2017, after, and the book "Reaching For the Moon: NASA Mathematician's Kinship Katherine Johnson. (Image by Jordan Strauss / Invision / AP, left, and Atheneum Books for Young Readers) (Picture11: AP)

The history of the obstacle achievements by Johnson and fellow mathematicians Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson were captured in the 2016 "Hidden Figures" book and a film nominated by the same name Academy Award.

At the time of a wide separation and men's dominance, when black workers had to eat in separate facilities and use different bathrooms than their white peers, Johnson and colleagues were referred to as "colored computers" or "computers in skirts. "

Although they were often overlooked, their skills were essential to NASA's success.

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During a 35 year career in NASA and a predecessor, NACA, Johnson provided calculations for a number of space trips, most notably to check the results collected by electronic computers to calculate the orbit for Friendship Mission 7 John Glenn.

Glenn's request to "get the girl to check the numbers," made before he first became America to overlap the Earth in 1962, provided one of the highlights of the movie.

The previous year, Johnson had calculated the mission 7 Freedom 7 Alan Shepard. In the later years, he contributed to Apollo's trips, helped the agency to transfer to electronic computers and went on to win the five Langley NASA Research Center's Special Achievement awards.

In 2015, Johnson received a Presidential Freedom Medal, the highest civilian honor of the nation, by President Barack Obama. Two years later, NASA dedicated a computer research facility in its honor. In December, he was taken into the Paul E. Garber First Flight Society Chamber.

Johnson has been able to take the lions thanks to his wonderful longevity. Turning 100 in August, when NASA paid tribute to her.

"With rules and slide pencils, Katherine, a legendary NASA mathematician – and other human computers that worked in the agency – helped our nation's space program away, but their confidence, courage and commitment to excellence that broke down racially and social barriers that continue to inspire today, "said the agency in a mailing website.


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