Pictured from left to right: NASA’s real-life “Hidden Figures” manager Dorothy Vaughan, mathematician Katherine Johnson and engineers Mary Jackson and Christine Darden will be awarded the Congressional Gold Medal. (Photos by NASA)
First African-American astronaut in space
Died in the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster
First African American to pilot and command a Space Shuttle mission; acting Administrator of NASA, 2005
Administrator of NASA, July 17, 2009 – January 20, 2017
First African-American Woman in space
First African American to walk in space
Veteran of three spacewalks
Veteran of seven spacewalks
Payload commander. Died during the failed re-entry attempt of the Space Shuttle Columbia.
Veteran of two spacewalks, February 28 and March 2, 2011
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