Spacecraft traveling to the ISS pays tribute to NASA's Katherine Johnson

Spacecraft traveling to the ISS pays tribute to NASA’s Katherine Johnson

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The aerospace company Northrop Grumman prepares a cargo trip to the International Space Station and has decided to name the ship that will make the delivery in honor of NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson.

This decision by Northrop Grumman during this trip to the International Space Station seeks to honor the memory of Katherine Johnson, an African-American woman, who performed by hand the calculations that played a pivotal role in NASA’s manned space travel in the 1960s.

It has been so that taking advantage of the ‘Black History Month’ in the United States, Northrop Grumman announced this week that they are proud to name ‘SS Katherine Johnson’ to the ship that will travel to the International Space Station.

The SS Katherine Johnson is a Cygnus robotic spacecraft that will travel on an Antares rocket and will depart for the International Space Station on a supply mission on February 20.

Katherine Johnson’s legacy at NASA
Katherine Johnson passed away on February 24, 2020 at the age of 101 and her work at NASA was recognized even before her retirement in 1986, receiving in 2015 the ‘Presidential Medal of Freedom’, the highest recognition that a civil in the United States, at the hands of then-President Barack Obama.

Today both NASA and Northrop Grumman continue to acknowledge the work of Katherine Johnson who literally launched Americans into space and her legacy continues to inspire African American women.

Thus, on February 20, SS Katherine Johnson will leave Earth for the International Space Station, carrying with her the memory of NASA’s most famous woman. In La Verdad Noticias we will closely follow this space mission to bring you the latest.