NOEL KING, HOST:
Good morning. I'm Noel King. Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson were three black mathematicians who made enormous contributions to U.S. spaceflight in the 1960s. They were overlooked until a book was published, then a movie - "Hidden Figures." And now the street outside of NASA Headquarters has a new name, Hidden Figures Way. This coincides with an anniversary. In July, it'll be 50 years since NASA astronauts first walked on the moon.
NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by Verb8tm, Inc., an NPR contractor, and produced using a proprietary transcription process developed with NPR. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Accuracy and availability may vary. The authoritative record of NPR’s programming is the audio record.