|Melba Roy Mouton, pictured next to an electronic computer, was|
the leader of a group of human computers who helped track
Echo satellites in the early 1960s. NASA
NASA achieved its most spectacular first steps in those days, making heroes out of men and women who dared to push harder, dream bigger, and be smarter than anyone before them. Those moments created titans in American history, such as rocket pioneers Robert Goddard and Wernher Von Braun, or astronaut adventurers John Glenn and Neil Armstrong.
But many of the actors in this play remain hidden in the wings. Now, decades after the work that should have made them legendary, the black women who helped put the United States in space are finally having their stories told.
These women, though not the faces memorialized in crowded mission-control room photos or seen waving from catwalks before launching beyond Earth's grip were nonetheless stars in their own right. And one of the brightest was Katherine Johnson.
Read Full Source Article at http://astronomy.com/bonus/hidden-figures