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Katherine Johnson Dead - NASA Pioneer & 'Hidden Figures' Inspiration Dies at 101

Katherine Johnson Dead - NASA Pioneer & 'Hidden Figures' Inspiration Dies at 101

NASA pioneer Katherine Johnson has passed away at the age of 101.

The NASA scientist’s life was documented in Hidden Figures, the Oscar nominated film. The film starred Taraji P. Henson as Katherine, with Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae also starring.

“We’re saddened by the passing of celebrated #HiddenFigures mathematician Katherine Johnson. Today, we celebrate her 101 years of life and honor her legacy of excellence that broke down racial and social barriers,” NASA tweeted out on Monday (February 24).

Katherine‘s work with NASA played a key role in the Apollo 11 moon landing.

We’re remembering all the celebrities who passed away this year. RIP.

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