The road outdoors NASA headquarters in Washington was renamed “Hidden Figures Way” at this time (June 12) in honor of the ladies who labored as “human computers” on the company when it first began launching astronauts into area, throughout the 1960s.
In a renaming ceremony outdoors NASA headquarters, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine; Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas; creator of the “Hidden Figures” ebook (William Morrow, 2016), Margot Lee Shetterly; and D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson unveiled the brand new road signal on the nook of 4th Avenue and what’s now Hidden Figures Means — previously E Avenue SW.
“A street sign is a piece of metal … but it’s [also] a lot more than that,” mentioned Cruz, who sponsored a invoice referred to as the Hidden Figures Way Designation Act to rename the road. “When girls and boys come to see NASA, they’re going to look up and see that sign” and ask about it, which can hopefully immediate discussions concerning the historical past of segregation at NASA and on this nation as an entire, the senator mentioned.
Cruz mentioned his invoice was impressed by the 2016 film “Hidden Figures,” tailored from the ebook, which tells the story of three African American girls — Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson — who labored at NASA’s Langley Analysis Middle in Virginia at a time when racial segregation and gender discrimination have been the norm. These girls overcame these obstacles and performed important roles in launching the primary U.S. astronauts into area.
Cruz mentioned that he hopes the road’s new title will “inspire generations after generations of kids, and particularly little girls, who may be told in school, ‘You can’t do something.'”
“May Hidden Figures Way remind us of the standard that was set by these women and their commitment to science,” Shetterly mentioned on the ceremony, including that she hopes the brand new road signal will “open our eyes to the contributions of the people around us so that their names, too, are the ones we remember.”
To conclude the ceremony, Bridenstine mentioned that NASA’s astronaut corps is extra various now than it has ever been. He additionally reiterated that NASA might be touchdown the primary girl on the moon in 2024 as a part of the company’s new Artemis moon program.