Hidden Figures: The Untold Story That’s Long Overdue
On Sunday, the trailer (in the video above) for Hidden Figures — the story of the Black female mathematicians who helped make NASA what it is today — was released.
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The movie is about the United States race against Russia to put a man in space. To get there first, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history.
Based on the unbelievably true-life stories of three of these women, known as “human computers,” we follow these women as they quickly rose the ranks of NASA alongside many of history’s greatest minds specifically tasked with calculating the momentous launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, and guaranteeing his safe return. Dorothy Vaughn, Mary Jackson, and Katherine Johnson crossed all gender, race, and professional lines while their brilliance and firmly cemented them into U.S. history as true American heroes.