NASA Renames Facility in Honor of Katherine Johnson

Mathematician Katherine Johnson poses for a photo with her namesake, the Katherine G. Johnson Computational Research Facility at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Virginia, during a ribbon cutting ceremony on Sept. 22, 2017. Johnson’s story as one of NASA’s “human computers” who calculated trajectories for early crewed spaceflights is told in the book and film "Hidden Figures." (Image: © David C. Bowman/NASA)

Katherine Johnson, the mathematician who’s calculations made for groundbreaking space missions, has just been honored by NASA

By Jessica Bennett, Ebony

Katherine Johnson, the mathematician whose calculations were crucial for groundbreaking space missions, has just been honored by NASA with a facility in her name.

Established in 1993, the Independent Verification and Validation Facility (IV&V) in West Virginia has been renamed the Katherine Johnson IV&V Facility, according to the association.

NASA’s Katherine Johnson Independent Verification and Validation Facility in Fairmont, West Virginia. (Credits: NASA)










“Born in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia in 1918, Katherine’s intense curiosity and brilliance with numbers lead her to a distinguished career with the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics and NASA.”

Johnson was played by Taraji P. Henson in 2016 film Hidden Figures.

Katherine Jonson and Taraji P. Henson

Last fall, Johnson was honored with a statue and scholarship at her alma mater, West Virginia State University.

“I am very appreciative to WVSU for giving me the opportunity to create the monument sculpture of Mrs. Katherine Johnson,” artist Frederick Hightower told Metro News. “This sculpture being on our campus will not only honor the great accomplishments of Mrs. Johnson, but will also bring national attention and recognition to one of America’s great HBCUs, West Virginia State University.”

This article originally appeared in Ebony.


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