NASA Renames West Virginia Facility in Honor of Human ‘Computer’ Katherine Johnson

NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson and actors Janelle Monae, Taraji P. Henson and Octavia Spencer pose backstage during the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson and actors Janelle Monae, Taraji P. Henson and Octavia Spencer pose backstage during the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

A NASA facility in West Virginia has been renamed in honor of a native of the state whose calculations helped put men on the moon 50 years ago.

Katherine Johnson was portrayed in the film “Hidden Figures” and is now 100 years old. She did not attend Tuesday’s ceremony in Fairmont but was represented by two of her daughters, Joylette Hylick and Katherine Moore.

News outlets report elected officials, the NASA administrator and a former astronaut were at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Katherine Johnson Independent Verification and Validation Facility.

Johnson worked at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, as a human “computer.”

Last year, Johnson was honored by alma mater West Virginia State University with a bronze statue and scholarship dedication.

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