Math and Space Travel
In the 1960s, America was racing to put a man into space, an endeavor that required much more technology than building rockets. Complex math problems and engineering issues had to be solved to keep astronauts safe from mechanical failures and the extreme temperatures of outer space.
We have always heard about the men in NASA’s space program, but only recently have we learned about the women who were integral to its success. The recent film “Hidden Figures” tells the story of women employed by NASA who helped make it possible for American astronauts to travel safely into space.
Mathematics, computer programming and engineering were not considered professions for women in the 1960s. However, the movie portrays women who excelled in mathematics from a very young age and used their knowledge to change the world.
While the U.S. was not the first country to put a man into space, American Neil Armstrong was first to walk on the moon, thanks in part to the remarkable women of NASA. Learn more at tinyurl.com/jtan6lb.
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