Katherine Johnson

Katherine Johnson

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  • In 1953, I moved my family to Newport News, Virginia, to work at Langley laboratory, an all-black West Area Computing section at NACA. Two weeks into my job and the temporary position turned into a permanent job.
  • I have faced much discrimination while working at NACA, I have to eat and use a separate bathrooms from my white colleagues. This all changed though in 1958, when NACA changed to NASA.
  •  I have been working hard for over four years, analyzing data on flights and investigating a plane crash that happened due to wake turbulence.
  • Today marked the first time a women in the Flight Research Division received credit as an author of a research report. I am that women. I received this credit by joining Ted Skopinski, an engineer, and creating an equation that described an orbital spaceflight.
  • I want to talk about all my greatest contributions to space exploration, starting with all my calculations that helped correspond Project Apollo's Lunar Module to the lunar-orbiting module. As well as my contribution to Space Shuttle and Earth Resources Technology Satellite and 26 other research reports.
  • After much consideration, I feel like it's best that i retire from NASA, I have been working hard at Langley for 33 years and its time.
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