Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13

You've likely heard of the historic Apollo 13 moon landing, but do you know about the mathematical genius who made sure that Apollo 13 returned safely home? As a child, Katherine Johnson loved to count. She counted the steps on the road, the number of dishes and spoons she washed in the kitchen sink, everything! Boundless, curious, and excited by calculations, young Katherine longed to know as much as she could about math, about the universe.

 

By Helaine Becker

Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13

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