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History of NASA


The women "computers" pose for a group photo in 1953.

Shavin, N. (2016, April 15). NASA’s 'Rocket girls' are no longer forgotten history. Smithsonian Magazine.



At a time when American space exploration was dominated by men, mathematician Katherine Johnson broke through gender and racial barriers to help change our understanding of the cosmos forever.

Katherine Johnson: Trailblazing NASA mathematician [Video]. (2022). ClickView.
Series Women and the American Story


In her book Hidden Figures, author Margot Lee Shetterly gives name and voice to the African-American women who worked as human "computers" in the space program. 

Blair, E. (2016, December 16). 'Hidden figures' no more: Meet the Black women who helped send America to space. NPR.


This quick history lesson is all about the women scientists behind NASA's historic achievements, from John Glenn's first orbit with Friendship 7 to Apollo 11's mission to the moon.

Twinkl Educational Publishing. (2021, September 18). Women scientists behind NASA's greatest achievements | Quick history lesson | Twinkl. YouTube.

Compiled and created by Luciana Cavallaro May 2023