Tuesday June 25, 2019
Home Lead Story NASA Renames ...

NASA Renames Washington Headquarter Street Block “Hidden Figures Way” in Honor of Black Women

Less than 11% of the 500-plus people who have traveled to space have been women, said NASA

0
//
nasa, hidden figures way, black women
FILE - Former NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson, the inspiration for the film "Hidden Figures," poses in the press room at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California, Feb. 26, 2017. VOA

NASA renamed the street block in front of its Washington D.C. headquarters “Hidden Figures Way” on Wednesday in honor of black women who have contributed to the U.S. space program. The work of three black mathematicians – Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson – at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration during the 1960s race to the moon was captured in the Oscar-nominated film “Hidden Figures.”

“When little girls and little boys come to see NASA, they’re going to look up and see that sign,” said Senator Ted Cruz, who cosponsored a bill to rename the block, at a ceremony where officials unveiled the new street signs.

“This sign is a powerful testament that anyone who is telling a little girl or a little boy ‘You can’t do something,’ is not telling the truth.” Less than 11% of the 500-plus people who have traveled to space have been women, said NASA.

nasa, hidden figures way, black women
Less than 11% of the 500-plus people who have traveled to space have been women, said NASA. VOA

July 20 marks the 50th anniversary of the first moonwalk by NASA astronauts, one of 11 flights in the Apollo space program of the 1960s and 70s, named after the Greek sun god. NASA announced in May that it plans to land Americans back on the moon by 2024 with the Artemis initiative, named after Apollo’s twin sister who was goddess of the hunt and the moon.

ALSO READ: NASA Preparing to Launch Twin Sisters to Study Signal Disruption from Space

For the first time, a female astronaut will walk on the surface of the moon, NASA said. Margot Lee Shetterly, author of the book “Hidden Figures” on which the 2016 film was based, encouraged those attending the ceremony to think beyond Neil Armstrong’s moonwalk to the collective effort it took to achieve the Apollo 11 mission.

“‘Hidden Figures’ is about taking off our blinders and recognizing the contributions of the unseen individuals who were there at the beginning of the story,” she said. “And whose persistence and whose courage delivered us to where we are today.” (VOA)

Next Story

NASA Selects Missions to Study Sun, its Effects on Space Weather

One of the selected missions will study how the Sun drives particles and energy into the solar system

0
NASA, Missions, Sun
The launch date for the two missions is no later than August 2022, the US space agency said in a statement on Friday. Pixabay

NASA has selected two new missions to study the Sun and its dynamic effects on space weather.

The launch date for the two missions is no later than August 2022, the US space agency said in a statement on Friday.

One of the selected missions will study how the Sun drives particles and energy into the solar system and a second will study the Earth’s response.

“These missions will do big science, but they’re also special because they come in small packages, which means that we can launch them together and get more research for the price of a single launch,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA headquarters in Washington.

NASA, Missions, Sun
NASA has selected two new missions to study the Sun and its dynamic effects on space weather. Pixabay

The Sun generates a vast outpouring of solar particles known as the solar wind, which can create a dynamic system of radiation in space called space weather.

Near Earth, where such particles interact with our planet’s magnetic field, the space weather system can lead to profound impact on human interests, such as astronauts’ safety, radio communications, GPS signals and utility grids on the ground.

The more we understand what drives space weather and its interaction with the Earth and lunar systems, the more we can mitigate its effects – including safeguarding astronauts and technology crucial to NASA’s Artemis programme to the Moon.

One of the two missions that NASA has selected is the Polarimeter to Unify the Corona and Heliosphere, or PUNCH. This mission will focus directly on the Sun’s outer atmosphere, the corona, and how it generates the solar wind.

Also Read- H55’s Zero-Emission Electric Plane Takes Flight in Switzerland

The second mission is Tandem Reconnection and Cusp Electrodynamics Reconnaissance Satellites, or TRACERS. The TRACERS investigation was partially selected as a NASA-launched rideshare mission, meaning it will be launched as a secondary payload with PUNCH.

TRACERS will observe particles and fields at the Earth’s northern magnetic cusp region – the region encircling the Earth’s pole, where our planet’s magnetic field lines curve down towards the Earth, NASA said. (IANS)