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Street Outside NASA Headquarters Renamed To Honor 'Hidden Figures'

By: Kayla Reyes

Photo Credit: Hidden Figures Movie

If you have seen the movie Hidden Figures, you know it is based on a true story where three brilliant Africa-American women - Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson - worked at NASA as mathematicians behind the first launch of astronaut John Glenn.

Now, NASA has honored the three women who did the complex calculations that made space travel possible. The street in front of NASA headquarters has been renamed to Hidden Figures Way!

The mathematicians faced discrimination, racism and segregation but did not give up and still contributed to the first astronaut to successfully orbit the Earth.

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine expressed, “I just want to say these were the three hidden figures in a very prominent book that became a magnificent movie that started a movement that brought all of us here today. Here we are, 50 years after the landing of the Apollo 11 moon lander, celebrating those figures who were, at the time, not celebrated."

These women are great examples of what hard work and dedication can get you no matter what obstacles you face! Congratulations to Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson!