Man’s first step on the Moon has always been one of the most celebrated event in history. We recognized Neil Armstrong’s “giant leap for mankind,” and conveniently forgot who or what made it possible. What’s important is, we got there.
In February 23, NASA announced what appears to be an act of giving credit where it’s due. After what looked like forever, NASA is finally awarding a long overdue recognition to one of America’s most important space pioneers – Katherine Johnson – by renaming the Independent Verification and Validation Facility (IV&V) in West Virginia to the Katherine Johnson IV&V Facility.
Katherine Johnson is an African-American mathematician who crunched the numbers for man’s historic Moon landing in 1969. She was NASA’s “human computer” who hailed from White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia in 1918 – a time when going to the Moon was a fantasy and the thought of a woman making it happen was downright preposterous.
But in 1969, Katherine Johnson made it possible. She was first hired for the moon project at the National Advisory Committee on Aeronautics in Hampton, Virginia, which would later be known as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
“The women did what they were told to do,” she told NASA. “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.”
Armed with her unquenchable curiosity and an intense interest in mathematics and science, she made hand calculations for Alan Shepard’s 1961 space trip and then contributed to the eventual success of the moon landing in 1969. Her intense curiosity and brilliance with numbers lead her to 33 years of service which concluded upon her retirement from NASA in 1986. During her career, she received many prestigious awards, including: the NASA Lunar Orbiter Award and three NASA Special Achievement awards.
In 2015 she also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which was presented to her by her “boo,” Barack Obama.
West Virginia State also honored Johnson by erecting a statue of her on campus and creating a scholarship in her name.
Along with her NASA colleagues, Mary Jackson and Dorothy Vaughan, Katherine was also profiled in the 2016 Oscar-nominated drama, “Hidden Figures.”
On August 27, 2018, NASA celebrated Johnson’s 100th birthday on Twitter:
When asked the secret to her longevity, Johnson said, “I’m just lucky — the Lord likes me,” she said. “And I like him.”
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Are you swinging it alone? Here’s your newest excuse!
Eating alone, living alone, crying alone. These are just a few instances when being alone looked sad to some. Guess what? A recent study just revealed it's normal - at least for some people!
If you actually like eating lunch alone or if you're quite content with being the invisible fifth wheel with your coupled BFFs, then you're probably very smart, says a study published by researchers from the Singapore Management University.
Hindu Man Mistakenly Eats Beef, Begs Supermarket For Tickets To India For Cleansing
The supermarket sold the man a package of beef that was mislabeled as lamb.
One of the most well-known facts about Hinduism is that cows are sacred to the religion. Unfortunately for one Hindu man, he mistakenly ate beef that was labeled as 'lamb'. Now he is begging the supermarket that sold him the meat to pay for his flights to India so he can be cleansed after breaking his vow.
Jaswinder Paul of Blenheim, New Zealand purchased a package of lamb roast from the local Countdown supermarket. Although he cooked and ate the meat without any thought, it has since been revealed that the package of beef was mislabeled. Paul was horrified when he realized that he had eaten beef since the purification process is a difficult one.
Cows are sacred to Hindus.
Video Shows Man ‘Sleeping’ In His Tesla Car Going 75mph
“Dude is straight snoozing going 75mph on the interstate, letting his @Tesla do the work.”
A video posted on Twitter has recently been catching the attention of netizens everywhere. In the said footage, one man can be seen sleeping in his Tesla car, putting total trust in the vehicle as it ran at about 75mph in full autopilot mode.
The original clip was shared online by Twitter user Seth Blake who, understandably, was shocked by what he witnessed on the California interstate.