Michelle Obama to be inducted into National Women's Hall of Fame
Former first lady Michelle Obama will be inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame (NWHF), the organization announced on Monday, International Women's Day. NWHF praised Obama for creating the several programs as first lady, including the Let's Move! Octavia ButlerJudy ChicagoKatherine JohnsonJoy HarjoRebecca HalsteadEmily HowlandIndra Nooyi @IndraNooyiMichelle ObamaMia HammFor more informationhttps://t.co/2eOe8o82bv#GreatWomen2021 #InternationalWomensDay #IWD2021 pic.twitter.com/gggqkMVfjs — National Women's Hall of Fame (@WomenoftheHall) March 8, 2021"During her eight years as First Lady, Michelle Obama she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, transforming the White House into the 'People's House,'" NWHF said. "Since leaving the White House, she has continued to have a profound public impact." She has also launched The Michelle Obama Podcast, and with her husband, former President Barack Obama, created Higher Ground Productions.cbsnews.com
Michelle Obama, Mia Hamm among 9 chosen for Women's HOF
FILE - In this May 11, 2019, file photo, former first lady Michelle Obama speaks during an appearance in Atlanta. Obama and soccer star Mia Hamm are among those chosen for the 2021 National Women's Hall of Fame class announced Monday, March 8, 2021. The Women's Hall of Fame induction ceremony is scheduled for Oct. 2, 2021. (Photo by Paul R. Giunta/Invision/AP, File)SENECA FALLS, N.Y. – Former first lady Michelle Obama and soccer star Mia Hamm have been chosen for the National Women's Hall of Fame as part of a Class of 2021 announced Monday that also includes former PepsiCo Chief Executive Indra Nooyi and retired Brig. The National Women's Hall of Fame inducts a new class every other year in Seneca Falls, the site of the first women's rights convention.
Cygnus cargo ship honoring 'Hidden Figure' Katherine Johnson arrives at space station
Worms, an advanced supercomputer, an artificial retina experiment and more arrived at the International Space Station on a Cygnus cargo ship Monday (Feb. 22) after a two-day spaceflight. The Northrop Grumman Cygnus NG-15 spacecraft bearing these experiments and more than 8,200 lbs. Related: Private Antares rocket & Cygnus explained (infographic)Image 1 of 5 The Northrop Grumman Cygnus NG-15 cargo ship arrives at the International Space Station on Feb. 22, 2021 in this view from a camera on the station's exterior. (Image credit: NASA TV) Image 2 of 5 (Image credit: NASA TV) Image 3 of 5 (Image credit: NASA TV) Image 4 of 5 (Image credit: NASA TV) Image 5 of 5 (Image credit: NASA TV)History of NASA: $22.99 at Magazines Direct Discover the story of how and why NASA was created, its greatest triumphs, darkest days, and of the times it exceeded all possible hopes. (Image credit: NASA TV)Follow Elizabeth Howell on Twitter @howellspace.space.com
Northrop Grumman launches cargo ship to space station
A Northrop Grumman Antares rocket boosted a Cygnus cargo ship into orbit Saturday after a picture-perfect launch from Virginia's Eastern Shore, carrying more than 8,000 pounds of supplies and equipment bound for the International Space Station. Climbing directly into the plane of the space station's orbit, the Antares 230+ rocket streaked away on a southeasterly trajectory to kick off the company's 15th space station cargo run. A few minutes before launch, the International Space Station flew directly over NASA's Wallops Island, Virginia, launch facility where the Antares rocket and Cygnus cargo ship were awaiting liftoff. "This vehicle is carrying over 8,000 pounds of cargo to the International Space Station," said Joel Montalbano, manager of the station program in Houston. Northrop Grumman names its Cygnus cargo ships after notable men and women who played critical roles in America's space program.cbsnews.com
Northrop Grumman Antares rocket launches Cygnus cargo ship to space station for NASA
WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. — A Northrop Grumman-built Cygnus cargo ship lifted off from Virginia on Saturday (Feb. 20), carrying vital supplies for astronauts on the International Space Station. Related: Private Antares rocket & Cygnus explained (infographic)Image 1 of 4 A Northrop Grumman Antares rocket carrying the uncrewed Cygnus NG-15 cargo ship launches from Pad 0A of NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Virginia on Feb. 20, 2021. (Image credit: NASA TV) Image 2 of 4 The Cygnus NG-15 cargo ship is carrying 8,200 lbs. (Image credit: NASA TV) Image 3 of 4 It will take about two days for the Cygnus NG-15 cargo ship to reach the space station. Weird scienceNorthrop Grumman's NG-15 Cygnus cargo ship seen during launch preparations.space.com
Space station launch honors 'Hidden Figures' mathematician
The rocket is delivering cargo to the International Space Station. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – A space station supply ship named after the Black NASA mathematician featured in the movie “Hidden Figures” rocketed into orbit Saturday, the 59th anniversary of John Glenn's historic launch. Northrop Grumman's Cygnus capsule — dubbed the S.S. Katherine Johnson — should reach the International Space Station on Monday following its launch from Virginia's eastern shore. He noted that the space station flew over Virginia just 10 minutes ahead of Saturday's launch. The capsule also holds 120,000 tiny roundworms for a muscle experiment, as well as off-the-shelf computer equipment to increase data processing speed at the space station.
Northrop Grumman will launch a Cygnus cargo craft to the space station today. Watch it live!
WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. — NASA and Northrop Grumman are teaming up to launch a cargo capsule to the International Space Station (ISS) today (Feb. 20) and you can watch the action live online. View DealNorthrop Grumman is one of NASA's commercial partners that keeps the space station well-stocked with supplies as part of the agency's commercial cargo resupply program. It will then spend two days in space chasing after the International Space Station (ISS). The NG-15 mission is scheduled to launch to the International Space Station on Saturday, Feb. 20. At the end of its mission, space station astronauts will load it with trash and other disposable material before sending it off for a destructive reentry into the Earth's atmosphere.space.com
Northrop Grumman names spacecraft for NASA 'Hidden Figure' Katherine Johnson
Northrop Grumman's NG-15 Cygnus cargo ship has been named the "S.S. Katherine Johnson" in honor of the NASA mathematician and former "hidden figure." "In celebration of Black History Month, Northrop Grumman announced the name of our NG-15 Cygnus spacecraft in honor of Katherine Johnson, a NASA mathematician who overcame barriers of race and gender," the company wrote in a Feb. 1 press release. Northrop Grumman is proud to celebrate the life of Katherine Johnson and her endlessly perseverant spirit," the company said. The S.S. Katherine Johnson will launch atop a Northrop Grumman Antares rocket from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island in Virginia. The S.S. Katherine Johnson is the second Cygnus to be named for a Black space pioneer.space.com
In memoriam: The people, smiles, voices we lost in 2020
We lost a lot of big names in 2020, from Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to longtime “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek to NBA legend Kobe Bryant. (Getty Images)John Prine performs on stage at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival at Golden Gate Park, in San Francisco on Oct. 2, 2009. (Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)Charley Pride performs onstage during the the 54th annual CMA Awards at Nashville’s Music City Center on Nov. 11, 2020. Jerry Stiller died from natural causes at his home in Manhattan on May 11, 2020, less than a month before his 93rd birthday. (Getty Images)Lynn Cohen attends the 5th annual Lilly awards at Playwrights Horizons on June 2, 2014 in New York City.
Final goodbye: Recalling influential people who died in 2020
The world also said goodbye to U.S. Rep. John Lewis, a lion of the civil rights movement who died in July. Other former political figures who died this year include Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak, New York Mayor David Dinkins, Arizona Gov. Here is a roll call of some influential figures who died in 2020 (cause of death cited for younger people, if available):___JANUARY___David Stern, 77. The guitarist who supplied the scratching, seething sound that fueled the highly influential British punk band Gang of Four. He fused African rhythms with funk to become one of the most influential musicians in world dance music.
Panel reviews designs for NASA's 'Hidden Figures' Congressional Gold Medals
The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee's recommended obverse and reverse designs for the Hidden Figures Group Congressional Gold Medal. Related: NASA's real 'Hidden Figures'The CACC concluded its review of all five Hidden Figures gold medals, including designs honoring mathematician Katherine Johnson, manager Dorothy Vaughan and engineers Mary Jackson and Christine Darden, during a second meeting on Nov. 17. The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee's recommendations for the designs of the Hidden Figures Congressional Gold Medals for mathematician Katherine Johnson, manager Dorothy Vaughan and engineers Mary Jackson and Christine Darden. At issue was whether the "Hidden Figures" women should be depicted in silhouette or in full light. Click through to collectSPACE to see the 59 other designs that U.S. Mint artists created for the Hidden Figures Congressional Gold Medals.space.com
NASA naming headquarters for 'Hidden Figures' engineer
WASHINGTON NASA is naming its Washington headquarters after Mary Jackson, the space agencys first African American female engineer whose story was portrayed in the popular film Hidden Figures.Jackson started her NASA career in 1951 as part of a segregated unit of female mathematicians at what is now Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. Jackson was later promoted to engineer and retired from NASA in 1985. Mary W. Jackson was part of a group of very important women who helped NASA succeed in getting American astronauts into space, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said in a statement Wednesday. Part of the street in front of NASA headquarters is called Hidden Figures Way" and a computer research facility at Langley is named for Katherine Johnson, another of the Hidden Figures mathematicians, who died in February. A NASA facility is also named for her in West Virginia, her home state.
NASA's Real 'Hidden Figures'
Mary Jackson was one of the "human computers" portrayed in the film "Hidden Figures." "Hidden Figures," a 2016 book by Margot Lee Shetterly and a movie based on the book, celebrates the contributions of some of those workers. Beginning in 1935, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), a precursor of NASA, hired hundreds of women as computers. As the years passed and the center evolved, the West Computers became engineers and electronic computer programmers. "Hidden Figures" focuses on three computers: Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson and Dorothy Vaughan.space.com
Katherine Johnson, pioneering NASA mathematician of 'Hidden Figures' fame, dies at 101
Katherine Johnson , whose career making vital calculations for NASA was immortalized in the 2016 book and movie "Hidden Figures," has died at 101. Video: NASA remembers icon Katherine JohnsonMore: NASA's real 'Hidden Figures' of space historyImage 1 of 5 (Image credit: Bob Nye/NASA) Mathematician Katherine Johnson at work at NASA's Langley Research Center in 1980. Image 2 of 5 (Image credit: NASA) Katherine Johnson and four colleagues review Langley's Affirmative Action Program in 1965. Image 4 of 5 (Image credit: George Homich/NASA) Image 5 of 5 (Image credit: Bob Nye/NASA) Katherine Johnson, in a 1971 photo. Katherine Johnson, pictured here at NASA's Langley Research Center, where she worked as a computer and mathematician from 1953 to 1986.space.com
Katherine Johnson, NASA mathematician depicted in 'Hidden Figures,' dead at 101
NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson (C) and director Ezra Edelman (R) and producer Caroline Waterlow (L), winners of Best Documentary Feature for 'O.J. Katherine Johnson, one of the NASA mathematicians depicted in "Hidden Figures," died Monday, the administrator of NASA said. In her role there, she did trajectory analysis for Alan Shepard's 1961 mission Freedom 7, which was America's first human spaceflight, according to NASA. She was best-known though for work that greatly contributed to the first American orbital spaceflight, piloted by John Glenn. "Glenn's flight was a success, and marked a turning point in the competition between the United States and the Soviet Union in space," NASA says.cnbc.com