NASA announced its decision to name the building after Jackson last year. The agency announced that members of her family, including granddaughter Wanda Jackson, are expected to attend the renaming ceremony on Friday with acting NASA Administrator Steve Jurczyk. Jackson died in 2005 at the age of 83.
The renaming ceremony is scheduled to take place at 1 p.m. Eastern Time and will be broadcast live on NASA’s website, social media accounts and apps.
Jackson worked for NASA for 34 years, initially as a research mathematician, and eventually became the agency’s first black female engineer. She later entered the administration department and worked in NASA’s Equal Opportunity Office. The project she led affected the recruitment and promotion of female mathematicians, engineers, and scientists.
In 2019, under the “Hidden Figures Congressional Gold Medal Act”, Jackson was posthumously awarded the nation’s highest Citizen Honor Congressional Gold Medal. Her African American colleagues Christine Darden, Katherine Johnson and Dorothy Vaughan at NASA Langley Research Center in Virginia were also awarded medals.
Jackson is one of the themes of the book Hidden Figures, which was adapted into the 2016 movie of the same name, starring Janelle Monáe and Jackson, detailed introduction The contribution of black women to early space flight.
These women are so-called human computers that perform complex calculations to make space travel possible. They played a key role in World War II aircraft testing, supersonic flight research, and dispatch of Voyager probes to explore the solar system. They also helped land the first man on the moon in 1969.
“The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) facilities are named after people who have dedicated their lives and are committed to advancing the frontiers of aerospace. The United States is beginning to realize that the greater diversity of people who have helped pioneer this great country Demand,” former NASA chief executive Jim Bridenstine announced the rename plan in a press release last year.