I watched the movie Hidden Figures over the weekend with a group of girl friends (and a few guys who tagged along).
The movie is based on the true story of 3 smart African American women who were integral to NASA’s mission to get John Glenn into orbit. I loved the movie. There were some tear jerking moments and others where I wanted to yell “you go girl!” at the screen.
Katherine G Johnson, the movies’s main character made math seem like the most badass thing. The real Katherine G Johnson still lives today at 98 and calculated the trajectories, launch windows, and emergency back-up return paths for many flights including the early NASA missions of John Glenn and Alan Shepard, the 1969 Apollo 11 flight to the Moon, and even early plans for the Mission to Mars. She wasn’t awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom until 2015, when she was 97, by Barack Obama.
Anyways, Hidden Figures is a movie everyone should watch and has more life lessons than the other space movie in theatres.