NASA to name the headquarters after Mary Jackson, the agency’s first black female engineer
NASA is Announced It name its headquarters in Washington, D.C., after the agency’s first black female engineer, Mary Jackson.
Jackson began work at NASA’s predecessor, the National Advisory Committee for aeronautics (NACA) in 1951, this time in the isolated western region computing unit. He took night classes in mathematic and physics in order to qualify as an engineer in 1958, before rising to get the most senior title within the engineering department in 1979. This Work in the agencyAlong with her fellow women engineers and math, Catherine Johnson and Dorothy van was told, in 2016 movie Hidden data.
“Mary W Jackson was part of a group of very important women who helped NASA’s success in getting American astronauts into space,” said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine in a press statement. “Mary never accepted the status quo, they help break down barriers and open up opportunities for African Americans and women in the field of engineering and technology.”
Jackson’s daughter, Carolyn Lewis, said that he felt honored that NASA continues to celebrate her mother’s legacy. “He’s a scientist, humanitarian, wife, mother, and leader who paved the way for thousands of others to be successful, not only in NASA, but the entire nation,” said Lewis in a press statement.
The decision to name the headquarters comes during an ongoing calculation with the physical legacy of racial injustice in the United States and around the world. NASA has been involved in this movement as one of its main intersections, the Stennis Space Center is named after Senator John C. Stennis, a vocal advocate for racial separation in the 1950s and 1960s — the same rules that made Mary Jackson’s life and work is very difficult.
In response to a campaign to Change the name of the Stennis building The beginning of this week, NASA said it was “aware of discussions about renaming facilities” up and running “continue the conversation with the NASA workforce on the topic.”
Jackson in the work of the agency include the study of aerodynamics in supersonic pressure tunnel, a 4-foot by 4-foot wind tunnel that generates wind gusts of almost twice the speed of sound. In order to start her training to be an engineer, Jackson had to apply for the local government to study with his colleagues on the then isolated Hampton High School. He then became an aerospace engineer specializing in aerodynamics, 1958 in co-authoring the first report that same year: “effects of nose angle and Mach number on transition on cones at supersonic speeds.”
After the acquisition, most of the engineering in the title by NASA 1979, Jackson took a demotion to become Langley’s Federal women’s program manager. In this role he was able to help guide and encourage the next generation of NASA’s female mathematicians, engineers and scientists. He retired from the agency in 1985, died in 2005 at the age of 83 years.
The story of Jackson and other groundbreaking black female mathematician working at NASA in the 1960s, during the height of both the space race and the civil rights movement was told in the 2016 movie Hidden dataBased on the nonfiction book of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly. Jackson was played in the movie by Janelle Monáe.
“Today, we proudly announced to Mary W Jackson, NASA Headquarters building,” said NASA”s Bridenstine in a statement. “It properly sit on the ‘hidden data Way’ is a reminder that Mary is one of the many incredible and talented professionals in NASA’s history who contributed to this agency’s success.”
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