West Virginia company develops breakthrough tech for NASA
WHITE HALL, W.Va. (AP) — Scott Zemerick watched a simulated flight of NASA'S SLS (Space Launch System) play out on a TV screen.
He gestured toward the video as it showed the rocket going through the stages of its flight.
The simulation was part of a press conference at the Katherine Johnson IV&V Facility Wednesday to discuss a breakthrough software that will be used on SLS, which is NASA's replacement for the Space Shuttle.
NASA facility renamed to honor Katherine Johnson
FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — A NASA facility is West Virginia has been renamed to honor mathematician Katherine Johnson, whose calculations helped astronauts return to Earth.
The structure in Fairmont is now known as the Katherine Johnson Independent Verification and Validation Facility. News outlets report Congress passed a bill allowing the name change and President Donald Trump signed it into law on Dec. 11.
The move follows efforts by West Virginia leaders to have Johnson's contributions celebrated.
Katherine Johnson, at age 100, is telling her life story
NEW YORK (AP) — Retired NASA mathematician Katharine Johnson, who turned 100 last summer, has waited long enough to tell her own story.
West Virginia State University honors NASA mathematician
INSTITUTE, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia State University has honored NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson with a bronze statue and scholarship dedication on the eve of her 100th birthday.
Six of Johnson's grandchildren revealed the statue during a ceremony Saturday on the West Virginia State campus in Institute.
The university also awarded a scholarship in Johnson's name to two students majoring in science, technology, engineering and math.
West Virginia State University honoring NASA mathematician
INSTITUTE, W.Va. (AP) — A statue honoring a West Virginia State University graduate depicted in the film "Hidden Figures" will be unveiled at a ceremony this weekend.
‘Hidden Figures’ women could be awarded congressional medal
HAMPTON, Va. (AP) — The U.S. Senate may award a Congressional Gold Medal to the women portrayed in the 2016 film "Hidden Figures."
The Daily Press reported Wednesday that the award would go to Katherine Johnson and Christine Darden, and posthumously to Mary Jackson and Dorothy Vaughan.
INSTITUTE, W.Va. (AP) — Katherine Johnson, the NASA mathematician whose calculations helped astronauts return to Earth, is being honored at her alma mater with a bronze statue and a scholarship in her name.
West Virginia State University says a dedication ceremony is planned for Aug. 25, the day before Johnson's 100th birthday.
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Mark Warner will be the College of William and Mary's commencement speaker this spring.
The Daily Press reports that the Virginia Democrat will give the address May 12.
Mattel just released the collection of heroine Barbie dolls, Frida Kahlo, Amelia Earhart, and Katherine Johnson, and they couldn’t house a vital organ among them.
Seriously, Mattel. I love the idea — paying tribute to heroines of art, aviation and mathematics in honor of International Women’s Day (March 8). I just wish they weren’t skeletal.
CONWAY — When she grows up, Conway School fourth-grader Maya Winkes said she wants to be an engineer or a mathematician like her idol Katherine Johnson.
Johnson, whose life story was depicted in the 2016 film “Hidden Figures,” was one of the first black female mathematicians to work for NASA in the 1950s.
“The place she worked at, they didn’t treat her nicely,” said Maya, who has watched the movie and twice read the book on which the movie is based.
Bringing their stories to light: Lesser known historical figures shine at Living Wax Museum
Fifth graders at East Aiken School of the Arts dug deep into their history books for this year's Living Wax Museum.
For the performance Friday, many students portrayed Americans from the 19th and 20th centuries whose stories aren't often told.
NASA Langley’s new computer lab ushers age of computation
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — Back when "human computers" like Katherine Johnson calculated orbital trajectories and flight times for Mercury and Apollo astronauts by hand, some people still considered actual computers mere works in progress.
That's why in 1962 a dubious John Glenn famously asked that Johnson run the numbers for his historic orbital flight to back up a NASA computer.
Students write NASA’s ‘hidden figure’ Katherine Johnson
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — When Michael Jones' dance teacher at Southland College Prep Charter High School in suburban Chicago began to choreograph an interpretive routine set to the score from "Hidden Figures," the 11th-grader responded with three words:
"That's my aunt."
Katherine Johnson — the groundbreaking NASA mathematician whose work and determination are at the center of the book and film "Hidden Figures" — is actually Jones' great-aunt. But it's close enough for a good class project.
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