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  • Katherine Johnson
  • “I counted everything. I counted the steps to the road, the steps up to church, the number of dishes and silverware I washed ... anything that could be counted, I did.” -Katherine Johnson
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  • y = x tan θθ - gx22v2cos2θ
  • Katherine Johnson was born in 1918 in Virginia and was the youngest of 4 siblings. She was interested in math when she was very young. By the age of 13 Katherine was attending high school. She started college before age 18 and received a PhD in Mathematics in 1937 from West Virginia State College. Katherine was hired by NACA(which later became NASA) in 1953.
  • Katherine Johnson was an African American women who received a PhD in Mathematics in 1937(during a time of segregation). She is credited with writing or co-writing 26 NASA research reports. Her math calculations helped in the advancement of NASA's space exploration programs. The Presidential Medal of Freedom was given to Katherine by President Obama on November 24, 2015.
  • Katherine Johnson's importance's were that she was the first African American women to attend West Virginia Graduate School and receive a PhD. Her math calculations contributed to the launch window and landing for the Freedom 7 Mission(first human spaceflight), Apollo moon landing, Apollo 13 (to safely return them to earth)and the start of the Space Shuttle Program.
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