Katherine Johnson-Mathematician and 'Hidden Figures' Inspiration Has Passed

Katherine Johnson, the NASA Mathematician and inspiration behind the hit movie, "Hidden Figures" has passed away. She was 101 years old.

According to HuffPost, 'her calculations helped the first American orbit the Earth.' Her calculations helped America's first human spaceflight in 1961.

“At NASA we will never forget her courage and leadership and the milestones we could not have reached without her,” NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said in a statement. “We will continue building on her legacy and work tirelessly to increase opportunities for everyone who has something to contribute toward the ongoing work of raising the bar of human potential.”

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