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Space station launch honors 'Hidden Figures' mathematician

Katherine Johnson, who hand-crunched the numbers for America’s first manned space flight, is 100 today
Posted at 1:30 PM, Feb 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-20 18:22:49-05

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A space station supply ship has blasted into orbit from Virginia on the 59th anniversary of John Glenn's historic flight.

Northrop Grumman launched the Cygnus capsule from Wallops Island on Saturday.

The 4-ton shipment should, which should reach the International Space Station on Monday, is Northrop Grumman's 15th supply run for NASA.

The company has named its latest capsule the S.S. Katherine Johnson after the Black NASA mathematician profiled in the movie “Hidden Figures.”

Her numbers contributed to the Feb. 20, 1962, flight in which Glenn became the first American to orbit the world.