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NASA called research headquarters for ‘Hidden Figures’

NASA is naming its headquarters in Washington after Mary Jackson, the first African American female engineer from the space agency whose life was depicted in the famous movie “Hidden Figures.”

Jackson began her NASA career in 1951 as part of a segregated unit of female mathematicians at what is now the Hampton, Virginia Langley Research Centre. In the early precomputer days of the U.S. space program, the women did calculations. They chronicled their story in a book and in the 2016 film.

Jackson was later promoted to engineer, and in 1985 he retired from NASA. She died at the age of 83, in 2005.

“Mary W. Jackson was part of a group of very important women who helped NASA succeed in getting American astronauts into space,” NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said in a statement Wednesday.

“Mary never accepted the status quo, she helped break barriers and open opportunities for African Americans and women in the field of engineering and technology,” he said.

Part of the street in front of NASA headquarters is called “Hidden Figures Boulevard” and Katherine Johnson, another of the “Hidden Figures” mathematicians who died in February, is named for a computer testing facility at Langley. A NASA center in West Virginia, their home state, is also named after her.

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