Dec 9, 2016 - Black women played a crucial role in the pool, providing mathematical data for NASA's first successful space missions, including Glenn's . Katherine Coleman Goble Johnson (born August 26, 1918) is an African-American mathematician whose calculations of orbital mechanics as a NASA employee were critical to the success of the first and subsequent U.S. manned spaceflights. During her 35-year career at NASA and its predecessor, she earned a In the early days of NASA women were not allowed to put their names on the . Hidden Figures is a 2016 American biographical drama film directed by Theodore Melfi and written by Melfi and Allison Schroeder, based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly about black female mathematicians who worked at the National Aeronautics about a group of black female mathematicians that helped NASA win the . Feb 3, 2017 - For NASA to get John Glenn into space and home safely, institutions . of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race, . Biography . The story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in . As the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American female . Margot Lee Shetterly is writing a book about the history of African-American women at NASA Langley, and has also begun work on a project about NASA . Among them was 97-year-old retired African-American NASA mathematician Katherine G. Johnson, selected for her contributions to the space program, starting . May 2, 2018 - Although it has been reported that NASA shut down voting after a team of three black girls was handily winning a contest it sponsored, . Dec 16, 2016 - According to NASA, Mary Jackson 'may have been the only black female aeronautical engineer in the field' in the 1950s. Singer and actress . Dec 10, 2016 - A new film, Hidden Figures, tells the story of the maths wizards who Nasa relied on.