Counting the Stars
Counting the Stars

Counting the Stars

Written by Lesa Cline-Ransome & illustrated by Ra煤l Col贸n
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Before John Glenn orbited the Earth or astronauts walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as 鈥渉uman computers鈥 used their knowledge, pencils, adding machines, and writing paper to calculate the orbital mechanics needed to launch spacecraft. Katherine Johnson was one of these mathematicians who used trajectories and complex equations to chart the space program. Even as Virginia鈥檚 Jim Crow laws were in place in the early 1950s, Katherine worked analyzing data at the NACA (later NASA) Langley laboratory. In 1962, as NASA prepared for the orbital mission of John Glenn, Katherine Johnson was called upon and John Glenn said 鈥済et the girl鈥 (Katherine Johnson) to run the numbers by hand to chart the complexity of the orbital flight. He knew that his flight couldn鈥檛 work without her unique skills. President Barack Obama awarded Katherine Johnson the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015 and her incredible life inspired the Oscar-nominated film Hidden Figures. Get to know this incredible and inspirational woman with this beautifully illustrated picture book from an award-winning duo.

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    October 8, 2019
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