NASA has renamed the road in entrance of its Washington DC headquarters “Hidden Figures Way”, in honour of black women who’ve contributed to the US house programme.
The work of three black mathematicians – Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson – on the Nationwide Aeronautics and House Administration in the course of the 1960s race to the moon was captured within the Oscar-nominated movie “Hidden Figures”.
“When little girls and little boys come to see NASA, they’re going to look up and see that sign,” mentioned Senator Ted Cruz, who co-sponsored a invoice to rename the block, at a ceremony the place officers unveiled the brand new avenue indicators.
“This sign is a powerful testament that anyone who is telling a little girl or a little boy ‘You can’t do something’, is not telling the truth.”
Lower than 11% of the 500-plus individuals who have travelled to house have been women, mentioned NASA.
July 20 marks the 50th anniversary of the primary moonwalk by NASA astronauts, one in all 11 flights within the Apollo house programme of the 1960s and 70s, named after the Greek solar god.
NASA introduced in Could that it plans to land Individuals again on the moon by 2024 with the Artemis initiative, named after Apollo’s twin sister who was goddess of the hunt and the moon.
For the primary time, a female astronaut will stroll on the floor of the moon , NASA mentioned.
Margot Lee Shetterly, writer of the e-book “Hidden Figures” on which the 2016 movie was primarily based, inspired these attending the ceremony to assume past Neil Armstrong’s moonwalk to the collective effort it took to realize the Apollo 11 mission.
“‘Hidden Figures’ is about taking off our blinders and recognising the contributions of the unseen individuals who were there at the beginning of the story,” she mentioned.
“And whose persistence and whose courage delivered us to where we are today.”