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The Library of Congress commemorated Women's History Month with a special interview about the women of NASA, their courage, leadership and super powers in the history of the American space program. Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden led a discussion with author Margot Lee Shetterly and producer Donna Gigliotti.
In the AES Library
Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly; Laura Freeman (Illustrator)
Call Number: 629.45 SHE
Publication Date: 2018
Before John Glenn orbited the earth, or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as -human computers- used pencils, slide rules, and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space. This book brings to life the stories of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden, four African-American women who lived through the civil rights era, the Space Race, the Cold War, and the movement for gender equality, and whose work forever changed the face of NASA and the country.
Reaching for the Moon by Katherine Johnson
Call Number: B JOHNSON
Publication Date: 2019
The author shares her life excelling in math as a young girl and her eventual career as a NASA mathematician. Explores her work on the Apollo 11 mission.
Super Women by Laurie Lawlor
Call Number: 509.2 LAW
Publication Date: 2017-04-26
Pathfinders by Tonya Bolden
Call Number: 973.049 BOL
Publication Date: 2017
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In mathematical terms, an outlier is a data point that differs greatly from other observations. It is an apt description for a person, too, that is outside the norms. This film is a one-hour documentary about the trajectory of an African-American girl wonder whose mathematical genius would catapult astronauts into space.
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