LOS ANGELES, Calif – One of the women featured in the film Hidden Figures was honored on stage during the 89th Academy Awards.
Katherine Johnson was invited on stage by Taraji P. Henson before she and Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe announced the winner of the award for Documentary Feature.
Johnson, portrayed in the film by Henson, calculated the trajectory for Alan Shepard, the first American in space. Johnson also confirmed, by hand, the launch calculations for John Glenn, the first American to circle the globe in 1962.
“It was a piece of cake,” Johnson told News 3 about her time working for NASA in Hampton.