From life to a book to the screen
The movie Hidden Figures, due for limited theatrical release on Christmas Day this year with wider release January 7th, tells the story of a team of black female mathematicians who were integral in the launch of the US space program. Without them history may have recorded the earliest days of space exploration very differently.
These "human computers," as NASA called them, helped the US go from lagging behind the Russians to performing the first complete orbit of earth--but their names still go unremembered, unlike high-profile aerospace heroes such as John Glenn.
Based on a 2016 book by author Margot Lee Shetterly, Hidden Figures explores the role of human computers at NASA through the eyes of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson. But what was it these amazing women did?
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