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Margaret Hamilton and President Barak Obama. Credit: White House

Margaret Hamilton, Apollo Software Engineer, Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom

Today, President Barak Obama awarded 21 extraordinary Americans the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Nation’s highest civilian honor. This award is presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors. One of […]

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Hidden Figures. Credit: Fox 2000

“Hidden Figures” Movie About Dr. Katherine Johnson Coming In January, 2017

Dr. Katherine Johnson, a brilliant African-American mathematician who, along with her colleagues Dorothy Vaughn and Mary Jackson, were mission-critical experts behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history — the momentous launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, and his safe return. And now this story, based on an adaptation of the Margot Lee […]

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Katherine Johnson sits at her desk with a globe, or "Celestial Training Device." 
Credits: NASA

Dr. Katherine Johnson to receive the ASP’s new Arthur B.C. Walker II Award

Press Release from the Astronomy Society of the Pacific, one of our CosmoQuest partners: San Francisco, California – August 15, 2016 – Dr. Katherine Johnson, NASA mathematician who calculated and verified the trajectories that took the first Americans into space and to the Moon, will be the inaugural recipient of the Astronomical Society of the […]

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