Katherine Johnson, NASA’s “human computer” responsible for the computations needed for mankind’s first step on the moon, turns 100! Working behind the scenes, Johnson hand-crunched the numbers for NASA’s first-ever manned space flight involving the famous Neil Armstrong and his team.
This lady mathematician is a legend in NASA’s ranks. Being given the impossible never-before-done task of sending a manned spacecraft to the moon, Johnson stepped up to the challenge and made the missions successful.
Katherine Johnson was born in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia on August 26, 1918.
She was born into an era where space expedition was a thing for the imagination and women’s rights, and contributions are not that welcome.
It also did not add to her credentials that she is born African-American.
Nevertheless, Johnson, with her beautifully brilliant mathematical mind, persevered and advanced in her field like no other woman did during her time.
Telling NASA, Johnson said,
“The women did what they were told to do. They didn’t ask questions or take the task any further. I asked questions; I wanted to know why. They got used to me asking questions and being the only woman there.”
Johnson was also credited for many notable achievements.
She was responsible for the calculations for the Alan Shepard space trip in 1961 and the moon landing in 1969. She was also a co-awardee of the NASA Lunar Orbiter Award and three NASA Special Achievement awards.
She was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015, presented by none other than former president Barack Obama, whom she dearly calls her “boo.”
On a tweet, the West Virginia State University publicized the erected statue of her complemented by a scholarship in honor of her name.
The tweet reads:
“Today the University community gathered to dedicate a statue and scholarship in honor of our amazing alum Katherine Johnson. The statue will serve as a source of inspiration to current and future students of all that is possible through dedication, hard work and perseverance.”
Katherine Johnson is a brilliant woman who deserves all the honor she receives.
May she serve as an inspiration for generations to come.
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These ancient finds fueled the beliefs that mystical creatures once existed.
People barely bat an eyelash when new fossils are uncovered these days. After all, we are already aware that these discoveries are the remains of prehistoric creatures. But can you imagine what it was like for our ancestors when they dug up dinosaur bones? These ancient finds actually became legends that are still passed down today.
Yes, many ancient discoveries fueled the beliefs that mystical creatures once existed. For example, our ancestors used to collect the teeth of the Megalodon because they thought it was the petrified tip of a dragon's tongue. It wasn't until the 17th century that a naturalist revealed the "dragon tongue" actually belonged to the gigantic prehistoric shark.
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The very fort that America constructed to protect them from Canada was in… Canada.
It still looks imposing even to this day. Just a shadow of its former self, it lies silently along the Lake Champlain. People who see it want to know why it is there in the first place.
The fascinating tale of the infamous fort is about politics and war. It tells the story of a great nation committing a great mistake. Welcome to the ruins of Fort Blunder.
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7 Surprising Facts About Egypt’s Ancient Mummies
It’s not easy being a mummy.
Mummification might seem like a shocking practice for us but for the people of ancient Egypt, it was a natural thing. The Egyptians believed that preserving their dearly departed ensured eternal life. Although we already know a lot about mummies, there are still a few surprising facts about the ones you'll find in Egypt.
Egyptians certainly perfected their mummification process but there are natural mummies around the world. For instance, the Tollund Man was found in a bog in Denmark. His remains were so well-preserved that scientists were able to determine his last meal was porridge. Tollund Man lived in the fourth century BC and can now be found in Silkeborg Museum.
Here are seven surprising facts about the ancient mummies of Egypt.
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