PHOTO: COURTESY OF NASA. The 99-year-old trailblazer, Katherine Johnson. This week Katherine Johnson, a mathematician whose contributions to NASA’s early space missions were instrumental to its success, was honored during a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The organization opened the Katherine G. Johnson Computational Research Facility in her honor. Johnson, an African-American woman from West Virginia, and her work would go virtually unrecognized until her story (along with her cohorts) made it to the silver screen in 2016, in Hidden Figures. In a pre-taped video ahead of the ceremony, Johnson was asked about how she felt about the 37,000 square foot facility created in her honor. “You want my honest answer? I think they’re crazy,” she said, with a big smile and quiet laugh. “I was excited at so

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