Hampton woman featured in 'Hidden Figures' honored at the Oscars

Hampton woman featured in 'Hidden Figures' honored at the Oscars

NASA's fingerprints were all over the Academy Awards, with key members of the association's history gaining particular recognition.

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The real-life inspiration behind the Oscar-nominated film "Hidden Figures" was honoured at Sunday's Academy Awards with a standing ovation. "Sometimes, the names and deeds are the heroes and their names are known to all", said actress Janelle Monae.

"Hidden Figures" is partially inspired by Johnson, and tells the story of three African American women and their accomplishments at NASA in the 1960s.

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Johnson, 98, was then wheeled out to center stage by NASA astronaut Yvonne Cagle. But her accomplishments go far beyond what was adapted into Hidden Figures.

Johnson, portrayed in the movie "Hidden Figures" by Taraji P Henson, worked for NASA as a research mathematician for more than 30 years, according to the USA space agency's website.

A physicist, space scientist and mathematician, Johnson was integral to early crewed space flight. In 2015, Johnson received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama. Johnson also confirmed, by hand, the launch calculations for John Glenn, the first American to circle the globe in 1962.