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‘Hidden Figure’ legend to be honored in NASA ceremony

NASA will honor the “Hidden Figure” legend Mary W. Jackson in a building-naming ceremony.

NASA Television will host a live ceremony on Friday, Feb. 26, as they officially name the space agency’s headquarters building in Washington after Jackson, according to a press release.

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You may recall Jackson was the subject of the 2016 film “Hidden Figures,” which documented the lives of three Black women whose work with the U.S. space program gained worldwide recognition, according to NASA.

The film chronicled the struggles faced by Jackson alongside her colleagues Katherine Johnson and Dorothy Vaughan as they became key players in the success of NASA’s early spaceflights.

According to NASA, Jackson was the first Black female engineer at the space agency that started her career in the segregated West Area Computing Unit at Langley Research Center.

“The mathematician and aerospace engineer went on to lead programs influencing the hiring and promotion of women in NASA’s science, technology, engineering, and mathematics careers. In 2019, she posthumously received the Congressional Gold Medal,” according to the media release.

Jackson retired from NASA in 1985 and passed away on Feb. 11, 2005.

The livestream event will feature video tributes to Jackson from former NASA employees and astronauts, elected officials, celebrities, and others as they reflect on her longstanding career and legacy.

Members of Jackson’s family will join NASA administrator Steve Jurczyk, who will lead the ceremony beginning at 1 p.m. EST.

You can watch the livestream ceremony on NASA’s social media platforms as well as the NASA app.