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  • From l. to r.: Janelle Monáe as Mary Jackson, Taraji P. Henson as Johnson, and Octavia Spencer as Dorothy Vaughan in Hidden Figures.

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She was a freshman in high school at the age of 10, and graduated from college at just 18. 

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  • Johnson during her work with NASA.

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One of Johnson’s first NASA assignments was to look at the black box data from crashed airplanes. 

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  • Johnson at NASA.

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She Worked Backwards to Make Project Mercury a Success

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  • Johnson (far right) at Langley Research Center in 1970.

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Johnson worked on the calculations that allowed the Apollo astronauts to return home from the Moon. 

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She literally wrote the book on rocket science

She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015

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NASA named a research center after her

She was honored in Barbie form 

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  • Mattel's Inspiring Women Katherine Johnson Barbie.

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A documentary about her premiered in 2019

Katherine Johnson will continue to inspire future generations, even after her death 

Want to learn more about Johnson and her fellow human computers? Download Margot Lee Shetterly's book Hidden Figures!