Katherine Johnson, the NASA mathematician who helped launch the first American into orbit around the Earth, has died at the age of 101. We should take a moment to celebrate her wonderful achievements.
Her work was so accurate that when NASA switched to using computers, they would call on her to check the computer’s calculations for errors!
Ms Johnson’s role in calculating the trajectories that would allow the Apollo 11 mission to land safely on the Moon in 1969 is included in the book Hidden Figures.
There are a few copies of this wonderful book around school. Do look out for it or ask your teacher.