NASA names headquarters after ‘Hidden Figure’ Mary W. Jackson

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Mary Jackson working at NASAs Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, 1980. Photo by Bob Nye/NASA/Interim Archives/Getty Images.
Mary Jackson working at NASAs Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, 1980. Photo by Bob Nye/NASA/Interim Archives/Getty Images.

NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine announced that the agency's HQ building in Washington, D.C., will be named after Mary W. Jackson.

She was the first African-American female engineer at NASA. Mary started her NASA career in the segregated west area computing unit of the agency's Langley research centre in Virginia, U.S. 

The mathematician and aerospace engineer went on to lead programs influencing the hiring and promotion of women in NASA's science, technology and mathematics careers.

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In a statement, Carolyn Lewis, Mary’s daughter says, “We are honoured that NASA continues to celebrate the legacy of our mother and grandmother Mary W. Jackson.” 

“She was a scientist, humanitarian, wife, mother and trailblazer who paved the way for thousands of others to succeed, not only at NASA, but throughout this nation.”

Compiled by Phelokazi Mbude

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