NASA headquarters building named for first black female engineer

published 25.06.2020 16:24

by Karen Graham from digitaljournal.com

In 1958 Mary Jackson became NASA's first black female engineer.

is the name of a "Mary W. Jackson was part of a group of very important women who helped NASA succeed in getting American astronauts into space," NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said in a statement.

Washington - NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine announced Wednesday the agency’s headquarters building in Washington, D.C. will be named after Mary W. Jackson, the first African American female engineer at NASA.

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine announced Wednesday the agency’s headquarters building in Washington, D.C. will be named after Mary W. Jackson, the first African American female engineer at NASA.

In 2019, President Donald J. Trump signed the Hidden Figures Congressional Gold Medal Act that posthumously awarded the honor to Jackson, who passed away in 2005, and her “Hidden Figures” colleagues Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Christine Darden.Responding to the renaming of the NASA Headquarters building to honor her mother, her daughter, Carolyn Lewis, said the family was honored that NASA was continuing to celebrate Mary Jackson's legacy, reports the BBC.