NASA, mathematician, biography, space, Apollo 13, segregation
Katherine Johnson is fascinated with numbers. She loves to explore them and figure out the patterns of the universe with them. Her dream is to become a mathematician; however, because of segregation and racial issues, she faces many challenges along the way. Eventually, she is hired by NASA and gains promotion after promotion until she is working on important space missions, like Apollo 11. When Apollo 13 has a problem in space, Katherine is the one who does the calculations to bring it home safely. Her love for numbers and the stars coupled with her willingness to persevere helps mankind reach greater heights than they ever have before.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
"Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13,"
Children's Book and Media Review: Vol. 39
, Article 16.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/cbmr/vol39/iss3/16