She was a freshman in high school at the age of 10, and graduated from college at just 18.
One of Johnson’s first NASA assignments was to look at the black box data from crashed airplanes.
She Worked Backwards to Make Project Mercury a Success
Johnson worked on the calculations that allowed the Apollo astronauts to return home from the Moon.
She literally wrote the book on rocket science
She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015
NASA named a research center after her
She was honored in Barbie form
A documentary about her premiered in 2019
Katherine Johnson will continue to inspire future generations, even after her death
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