The engineers of the Flight Research Division formed the nucleus of the Space Task Group, the group within NASA charged with beating the Russians in space, and as a mathematician who had earned for a curious mind and careful, accurate work, Katherine Johnson formed part of the inner circle of the early days of the American Space Program.
Katherine Johnson - Mathematics genius and NASA icon - Ground-breaking study - Get the girl! - All kinds of honours. scientific publication and the first time a woman in that division had officially received credit as co-author of a research publication. The paper served as a theoretical basis for manned space flight. Katherine’s calculations made possible the success of Alan Shepard who.