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Update 7:55pm Pacific Time – Saturday, February 20, 2021
NASA launched the SS Katherine Johnson space shuttle, named after the female mathematician in the movie “Hidden Figures.” Last Saturday, on the 59th anniversary of the historic launch of astronaut John Glenn, the space station’s supply ship rushed into Virginia’s orbit.
SS Katherine Johnson (SS Katherine Johnson) carries approximately 8,000 pounds of supplies for the International Space Station. The rocket was launched only 100 miles from NASA’s Langley Research Center, where Johnson is located.
Johnson’s mathematical expertise contributed to Glenn’s successful launch on February 20, 1962, when he became the first American to orbit the earth. The rocket’s trajectory is mainly calculated by the computer, but Glenn asked Johnson to personally check the orbit calculation.
The launch also took place near the first anniversary of Johnson’s death. She is only 101 years old. Johnson’s mathematical methods also helped NASA send astronauts to and from the moon.
Johnson’s daughter, Joylette Goble, said: “Her job is to take Monroe or a free calculator.” “There are also big equations, which may be as long as a full page.”
The rocket is expected to arrive at the International Space Station on Monday, which is the second delivery of the International Space Station this week. According to reports, a Russian capsule tightened apples and oranges and other supplements last week.