NTA Salutes Three of its Members who were featured in the book “Hidden Figures”

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NTA proudly salutes three members, each outstanding mathematicians and former NASA Langley, “human computers” featured in the acclaimed book, ”Hidden Figures” Mary joined NASA in 1943, Katherine 1951 and Christine in 1967. Mary was the first African American engineer at NASA Langley; Katherine calculated John Glenn’s orbital trajectory; Christine led the development of the sonic boom program. The award-winning film, “Hidden Figures features the life stories of both Katherine and Mary. Despite the demand of, NASA careers, motherhood and marriage, they found time to mentor the next generation of scientists and engineers through their NTA outreach activities. These extraordinary women found time to do it all well. For more information about these women read the book, Hidden Figures by Margot Lee-Shetterly. We congratulate Margot, the daughter of NTA member Robert Lee, for capturing and sharing their stories. In addition, we acknowledge the work of Gregory Earls, son of NTA member Julian Earls, who helped edit the post production of the film.

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