Katherine Johnson: NASA Dedicates New Research Facility To ‘Hidden Figures’ Hero

Posted On : 09/30/2017

HAMPTON, VIRGINIA — The movie, Hidden Figures, brought a lot of attention to the secret history behind NASA’s biggest accomplishments. Now, one of the lights is being honored.

According to Internet Movie Database (IMDb), Hidden Figures is a film that tells the true story of the female African-American mathematicians — who were even called “human computers” — that held irreplaceable roles at NASA in the 1960’s.

These women made vital contributions to the United States.


On September 22, NASA introduced a newly-built, 37,000-square-foot, $23 million state-of-the-art research facility in Hampton.

It has officially been deemed the Katherine G. Johnson Computational Research Facility.

According to NASA, Langley Director David Bowles mentions as follows.

“We’re here to honor the legacy of one of the most admired and inspirational people ever associated with NASA. I can’t imagine a better tribute to Mrs. Johnson’s character and accomplishments than this building that will bear her name.”


As can be seen in the movie, some astronauts didn’t even trust NASA’s trajectory calculations unless one of these Black women were the ones who approved them.

Johnson specifically remembers Astronaut John Glenn asking for her approval above all else.

While the organization’s computers had calculated everything, he wanted Johnson to check the computer’s numbers by hand. She remembers him saying, “If she says they’re good, then I’m ready to go.

Moreover, regarding their story and the movie’s success, The Nerdist reports as follows.

“The film was not only a hit at the box office, but it also inspired millions of little girls — little girls of color, most importantly — that their aspirations in STEM were not only worth chasing, but are vital to the field. Hidden Figures taught us the name of these amazing women — Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson — and now NASA is honoring one of them with her very own research building.”

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