Barbie to Release Doll Honoring Trailblazing Journalist and Activist Ida B. Wells
“We’re introducing girls to remarkable women’s stories to show them you can be anything,” read a statement from Mattel. The latest visionary to be celebrated by the toy brand is Ida B. Wells’ doll will be included in Barbie’s Inspiring Women collection which is part of its Dream Gap campaign; an initiative launched by the brand designed to inspire and empower girls through representation. News about Wells’ doll comes months after a monument memorializing her legacy was unveiled in Chicago. As a part of the Dream Gap Project, we’re introducing girls to remarkable women’s stories to show them you can be anything.”thewestsidegazette.com
Virginia Middle School Renamed After NASA Trailblazer Katherine Johnson
Written By Brandee Sanders(Source NewsOne)NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson shattered racial and gender barriers in the realm of STEM and the late legendary trailblazer recently received another special honor for her contributions. According to USA Today, a Virginia-based middle school has been renamed to pay homage to Johnson. After hundreds of suggestions for the educational facility’s new namesake were submitted, in November 2020 the school district landed on Katherine Johnson Middle School. “So, I think it appropriate that the name Katherine Johnson for our middle school will inspire new generations of ‘Eagles’ for our community, and I look forward to watching them fly.” The official renaming ceremony took place this month. News about the school’s renaming comes nearly four years after NASA named its computational research facility after Johnson.thewestsidegazette.com
Michelle Obama to be inducted into National Women's Hall of Fame
Former first lady Michelle Obama will be inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame (NWHF), the organization announced on Monday, International Women's Day. NWHF praised Obama for creating the several programs as first lady, including the Let's Move! Octavia ButlerJudy ChicagoKatherine JohnsonJoy HarjoRebecca HalsteadEmily HowlandIndra Nooyi @IndraNooyiMichelle ObamaMia HammFor more informationhttps://t.co/2eOe8o82bv#GreatWomen2021 #InternationalWomensDay #IWD2021 pic.twitter.com/gggqkMVfjs — National Women's Hall of Fame (@WomenoftheHall) March 8, 2021"During her eight years as First Lady, Michelle Obama she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, transforming the White House into the 'People's House,'" NWHF said. "Since leaving the White House, she has continued to have a profound public impact." She has also launched The Michelle Obama Podcast, and with her husband, former President Barack Obama, created Higher Ground Productions.cbsnews.com
Michelle Obama, Mia Hamm among 9 chosen for Women's HOF
FILE - In this May 11, 2019, file photo, former first lady Michelle Obama speaks during an appearance in Atlanta. Obama and soccer star Mia Hamm are among those chosen for the 2021 National Women's Hall of Fame class announced Monday, March 8, 2021. The Women's Hall of Fame induction ceremony is scheduled for Oct. 2, 2021. (Photo by Paul R. Giunta/Invision/AP, File)SENECA FALLS, N.Y. – Former first lady Michelle Obama and soccer star Mia Hamm have been chosen for the National Women's Hall of Fame as part of a Class of 2021 announced Monday that also includes former PepsiCo Chief Executive Indra Nooyi and retired Brig. The National Women's Hall of Fame inducts a new class every other year in Seneca Falls, the site of the first women's rights convention.
Cygnus cargo ship honoring 'Hidden Figure' Katherine Johnson arrives at space station
Worms, an advanced supercomputer, an artificial retina experiment and more arrived at the International Space Station on a Cygnus cargo ship Monday (Feb. 22) after a two-day spaceflight. The Northrop Grumman Cygnus NG-15 spacecraft bearing these experiments and more than 8,200 lbs. Related: Private Antares rocket & Cygnus explained (infographic)Image 1 of 5 The Northrop Grumman Cygnus NG-15 cargo ship arrives at the International Space Station on Feb. 22, 2021 in this view from a camera on the station's exterior. (Image credit: NASA TV) Image 2 of 5 (Image credit: NASA TV) Image 3 of 5 (Image credit: NASA TV) Image 4 of 5 (Image credit: NASA TV) Image 5 of 5 (Image credit: NASA TV)History of NASA: $22.99 at Magazines Direct Discover the story of how and why NASA was created, its greatest triumphs, darkest days, and of the times it exceeded all possible hopes. (Image credit: NASA TV)Follow Elizabeth Howell on Twitter @howellspace.space.com
Northrop Grumman launches cargo ship to space station
A Northrop Grumman Antares rocket boosted a Cygnus cargo ship into orbit Saturday after a picture-perfect launch from Virginia's Eastern Shore, carrying more than 8,000 pounds of supplies and equipment bound for the International Space Station. Climbing directly into the plane of the space station's orbit, the Antares 230+ rocket streaked away on a southeasterly trajectory to kick off the company's 15th space station cargo run. A few minutes before launch, the International Space Station flew directly over NASA's Wallops Island, Virginia, launch facility where the Antares rocket and Cygnus cargo ship were awaiting liftoff. "This vehicle is carrying over 8,000 pounds of cargo to the International Space Station," said Joel Montalbano, manager of the station program in Houston. Northrop Grumman names its Cygnus cargo ships after notable men and women who played critical roles in America's space program.cbsnews.com
Northrop Grumman Antares rocket launches Cygnus cargo ship to space station for NASA
WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. — A Northrop Grumman-built Cygnus cargo ship lifted off from Virginia on Saturday (Feb. 20), carrying vital supplies for astronauts on the International Space Station. Related: Private Antares rocket & Cygnus explained (infographic)Image 1 of 4 A Northrop Grumman Antares rocket carrying the uncrewed Cygnus NG-15 cargo ship launches from Pad 0A of NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Virginia on Feb. 20, 2021. (Image credit: NASA TV) Image 2 of 4 The Cygnus NG-15 cargo ship is carrying 8,200 lbs. (Image credit: NASA TV) Image 3 of 4 It will take about two days for the Cygnus NG-15 cargo ship to reach the space station. Weird scienceNorthrop Grumman's NG-15 Cygnus cargo ship seen during launch preparations.space.com
Space station launch honors 'Hidden Figures' mathematician
The rocket is delivering cargo to the International Space Station. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – A space station supply ship named after the Black NASA mathematician featured in the movie “Hidden Figures” rocketed into orbit Saturday, the 59th anniversary of John Glenn's historic launch. Northrop Grumman's Cygnus capsule — dubbed the S.S. Katherine Johnson — should reach the International Space Station on Monday following its launch from Virginia's eastern shore. He noted that the space station flew over Virginia just 10 minutes ahead of Saturday's launch. The capsule also holds 120,000 tiny roundworms for a muscle experiment, as well as off-the-shelf computer equipment to increase data processing speed at the space station.
Northrop Grumman will launch a Cygnus cargo craft to the space station today. Watch it live!
WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. — NASA and Northrop Grumman are teaming up to launch a cargo capsule to the International Space Station (ISS) today (Feb. 20) and you can watch the action live online. View DealNorthrop Grumman is one of NASA's commercial partners that keeps the space station well-stocked with supplies as part of the agency's commercial cargo resupply program. It will then spend two days in space chasing after the International Space Station (ISS). The NG-15 mission is scheduled to launch to the International Space Station on Saturday, Feb. 20. At the end of its mission, space station astronauts will load it with trash and other disposable material before sending it off for a destructive reentry into the Earth's atmosphere.space.com
NASA Announces Launch Of Resupply Mission Named After Hidden Figures Star
WASHINGTON, USA — National Aeronautical and Space Administration has announced the launch of a new resupply mission to the International Space Station onboard a spaceship named after Katherine Johnson, the NASA mathematician. The worms and other supplies will be sent off to space on a Northrop Grumman Cygnus spacecraft. The Cygnus spacecraft is an expendable American cargo spacecraft developed by Orbital Sciences Corporation and now manufactured and launched by Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems as part of NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services program. NASA’s virtual launch experience for this mission includes curated launch resources, a behind-the-scenes look at the mission, notifications about NASA social interactions, and the opportunity for a virtual launch passport stamp following a successful launch. Cygnus NG-15 is the fourth Cygnus mission under the Commercial Resupply Services-2 contract.thewestsidegazette.com
Northrop Grumman names spacecraft for NASA 'Hidden Figure' Katherine Johnson
Northrop Grumman's NG-15 Cygnus cargo ship has been named the "S.S. Katherine Johnson" in honor of the NASA mathematician and former "hidden figure." "In celebration of Black History Month, Northrop Grumman announced the name of our NG-15 Cygnus spacecraft in honor of Katherine Johnson, a NASA mathematician who overcame barriers of race and gender," the company wrote in a Feb. 1 press release. Northrop Grumman is proud to celebrate the life of Katherine Johnson and her endlessly perseverant spirit," the company said. The S.S. Katherine Johnson will launch atop a Northrop Grumman Antares rocket from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island in Virginia. The S.S. Katherine Johnson is the second Cygnus to be named for a Black space pioneer.space.com
Final goodbye: Recalling influential people who died in 2020
The world also said goodbye to U.S. Rep. John Lewis, a lion of the civil rights movement who died in July. Other former political figures who died this year include Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak, New York Mayor David Dinkins, Arizona Gov. Here is a roll call of some influential figures who died in 2020 (cause of death cited for younger people, if available):___JANUARY___David Stern, 77. The guitarist who supplied the scratching, seething sound that fueled the highly influential British punk band Gang of Four. He fused African rhythms with funk to become one of the most influential musicians in world dance music.
Panel reviews designs for NASA's 'Hidden Figures' Congressional Gold Medals
The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee's recommended obverse and reverse designs for the Hidden Figures Group Congressional Gold Medal. Related: NASA's real 'Hidden Figures'The CACC concluded its review of all five Hidden Figures gold medals, including designs honoring mathematician Katherine Johnson, manager Dorothy Vaughan and engineers Mary Jackson and Christine Darden, during a second meeting on Nov. 17. The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee's recommendations for the designs of the Hidden Figures Congressional Gold Medals for mathematician Katherine Johnson, manager Dorothy Vaughan and engineers Mary Jackson and Christine Darden. At issue was whether the "Hidden Figures" women should be depicted in silhouette or in full light. Click through to collectSPACE to see the 59 other designs that U.S. Mint artists created for the Hidden Figures Congressional Gold Medals.space.com
NASA naming headquarters for 'Hidden Figures' engineer
WASHINGTON NASA is naming its Washington headquarters after Mary Jackson, the space agencys first African American female engineer whose story was portrayed in the popular film Hidden Figures.Jackson started her NASA career in 1951 as part of a segregated unit of female mathematicians at what is now Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. Jackson was later promoted to engineer and retired from NASA in 1985. 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. Part of the street in front of NASA headquarters is called Hidden Figures Way" and a computer research facility at Langley is named for Katherine Johnson, another of the Hidden Figures mathematicians, who died in February. A NASA facility is also named for her in West Virginia, her home state.
NASA's Real 'Hidden Figures'
Mary Jackson was one of the "human computers" portrayed in the film "Hidden Figures." "Hidden Figures," a 2016 book by Margot Lee Shetterly and a movie based on the book, celebrates the contributions of some of those workers. Beginning in 1935, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), a precursor of NASA, hired hundreds of women as computers. As the years passed and the center evolved, the West Computers became engineers and electronic computer programmers. "Hidden Figures" focuses on three computers: Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson and Dorothy Vaughan.space.com
Katherine Johnson, pioneering NASA mathematician of 'Hidden Figures' fame, dies at 101
Katherine Johnson , whose career making vital calculations for NASA was immortalized in the 2016 book and movie "Hidden Figures," has died at 101. Video: NASA remembers icon Katherine JohnsonMore: NASA's real 'Hidden Figures' of space historyImage 1 of 5 (Image credit: Bob Nye/NASA) Mathematician Katherine Johnson at work at NASA's Langley Research Center in 1980. Image 2 of 5 (Image credit: NASA) Katherine Johnson and four colleagues review Langley's Affirmative Action Program in 1965. Image 4 of 5 (Image credit: George Homich/NASA) Image 5 of 5 (Image credit: Bob Nye/NASA) Katherine Johnson, in a 1971 photo. Katherine Johnson, pictured here at NASA's Langley Research Center, where she worked as a computer and mathematician from 1953 to 1986.space.com
Katherine Johnson, NASA mathematician depicted in 'Hidden Figures,' dead at 101
NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson (C) and director Ezra Edelman (R) and producer Caroline Waterlow (L), winners of Best Documentary Feature for 'O.J. Katherine Johnson, one of the NASA mathematicians depicted in "Hidden Figures," died Monday, the administrator of NASA said. In her role there, she did trajectory analysis for Alan Shepard's 1961 mission Freedom 7, which was America's first human spaceflight, according to NASA. She was best-known though for work that greatly contributed to the first American orbital spaceflight, piloted by John Glenn. "Glenn's flight was a success, and marked a turning point in the competition between the United States and the Soviet Union in space," NASA says.cnbc.com
NASA women who inspired 'Hidden Figures' get Congressional gold medals
NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson was one of the black women to have made spaceflights possible for US crews. (CNN) - Four African American women known as the "Hidden Figures" who worked at NASA during the Space Race are being awarded Congressional Gold Medals, the highest civilian award in the US. President Donald Trump signed into law the Hidden Figures Congressional Gold Medal Act on Friday. At the time, black women were separated from their white colleagues and limited to using segregated bathrooms and dining facilities. The book was adapted into the film "Hidden Figures" in 2016.
Hidden Figure Katherine Johnson Turns 101
By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent@StacyBrownMediaKatherine Johnson, one of the African American women whose stories received global attention in the bestselling book and blockbuster movie, Hidden Figures, has turned 101. All four of the heroines depicted in Hidden Figures will receive recognition. These pioneers remain a beacon for Black women across the country, both young and old.The honor isnt the only one for Johnson. When Glenn went to the Moon, Johnson said her Hidden Figures crew acted as the computer for the mission. The panel also informed us we needed more women, especially Black women because very few work in stem fields.thewestsidegazette.com
NASA renames W. Va. facility in honor of human computer
FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) A NASA facility in West Virginia has been renamed in honor of a native of the state whose calculations helped put man on the moon 50 years ago. Katherine Johnson was portrayed in the film Hidden Figures and is now 100 years old. She did not attend Tuesdays ceremony in Fairmont but was represented by two of her daughters, Joylette Hylick and Katherine Moore. News outlets report elected officials, the NASA administrator and a former astronaut were at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Katherine Johnson Independent Verification and Validation Facility. Johnson worked at NASAs Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., as a human computer.Last year, Johnson was honored by alma mater West Virginia State University with a bronze statue and scholarship dedication.sfltimes.com