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Katherine Johnson, NASA Mathematician

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This lady was a "computer" back when that meant a mathematician. She did all the calculations for the Golden Age space missions including the Apollo moon landing!!!

In the beginning, humans were the computers. Wow.

During the first mission using computer calculations, John Glenn insisted that Ms Johnson check the calculations by hand!

Wow, can you imagine the pressure she felt?

Watch an interview with Katherine Johnson here:

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