NASA names centre after woman portrayed in Hidden Figures


A NASA facility in West Virginia has been renamed in honour of 100 year old Katherine Johnson who was portrayed in the film Hidden Figures. 

She did not attend Tuesday’s ceremony in Fairmont but was represented by two of her daughters, Joylette Hylick and Katherine Moore.

News outlets report elected officials, the NASA administrator and a former astronaut were at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Katherine Johnson Independent Verification and Validation Facility.

Ms Johnson worked at NASA’s Langley Research Centre in Hampton, Virginia, as a human “computer”.

Last year, Ms Johnson was honoured by alma mater West Virginia State University with a bronze statue and scholarship dedication.

Chris Price
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