During World War II, Langley began recruiting African American women to work as computers.
The Langley Memorial Lab establishes the first segregated computeng pool for black women
The Langley Memorial Lab establishes the first segregated computer pool for black women.
Dorthy was first a math teacher then Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory in 1943 hired her and then Vaughan became the first black NACA supervisor in 1949.
In 1953, Katherine joined Langly and began her career analyzing data from flight tests, but quickly started running math equations.
Mary Jackson Joins NASA
Jackson cam from Hampton, Virginia. She was a school teacher before joining NACA and NASA as an engineer
Segregation was ended in 1958 when NACA became NASA
NASA created an analysis and computation division Dorthy Vaughn was considered an expert programmer.
Katherine Johnson and her Engineers
Katherine and her team had to think ahead, anticipate and solve every problem they could think of BEFORE it happened. The lives of the astronauts depended on it.
The Apollo 11 was SUCCESSFUL in landing on the MOON
Katherine Johnson had confidence in her numbers. Neil Armstrong climbed down a ladder and stepped onto the moon and made history.
Mission to the MOON
The 238,900 mile mission would take six days. Three days there and three days to get back to Earth. If anything went wrong the astronauts would be stranded. Katherine Johnson worked hard to keep the astronauts safe.
Apollo 11 Astronauts
The astronauts were prepared to give their lives to the mission, but they did not want to die because of a MATH error.