NASA renames building after Katherine Johnson, Hidden Figures space star
NASA honors the mathematician who worked in space exploration for over 30 years.
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NASA's Independent Verification and Validation Facility in Fairmont, West Virginia, has a new name. It's now the Katherine Johnson Independent Verification and Validation Facility, in honor of the "hidden figure" portrayed by actress Taraji P. Henson in the movie Hidden Figures.
One of her greatest contributions to space exploration included making essential calculations that helped synch Project Apollo's Lunar Lander with the moon-orbiting Command and Service Module.
She also worked on the Space Shuttle and the Earth Resources Satellite.
NASA IV&V assures the safety and success of software on NASA's highest-profile missions.
"It's an honor the NASA IV&V Program's primary facility now carries Katherine Johnson's name," NASA IV&V Program Director Gregory Blaney said in a statement. "It's a way for us to recognize Katherine's career and contributions not just during Black History Month, but every day, every year."