HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — Katherine Johnson turns 101 today.
As NASA’s “human computer” Johnson, helped the agency accomplish quite a few impressive feats. This included calculating the trajectories for Alan Shepard’s journey in which he became the first American to orbit the Earth.
A building at George Mason University and a NASA facility in West Virgnia have been named after Johnson over the last few years.
Former President Barack Obama awarded her with a Presidental Medal of Freedom in 2015. Of the former president, Johnson said, “He was pleasant.”