She and a few others crowded around a small screen watching the first steps on the Moon.
Johnson's work included calculating trajectories, , and emergency return paths for spaceflights, including those for astronauts , the first American in space, and , the first American in orbit, and rendezvous paths for the and on flights to the Moon.
1999, West Virginia State College Outstanding Alumnus of the Year• from the original on August 31, 2018.
Their main job was to read the data from the black boxes of planes and carry out other precise mathematical tasks.
She graduated high school at just 14 and college at 18, securing degrees in both mathematics and French from the historically black West Virginia State College.