By Charlotte Ege
No one ever truly thinks about all the brains behind rocket science. We see the astronauts, the spaceship, the blast off, the people bustling around the control station. But we never see how it is done. Behind all the excitement, there lies the human computers. Hidden Figures is the incredible untold story of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, and Katherine Johnson; three of the masterminds behind the extreme science. The movie follows these women in a fight for equality in their work as literal human computers.
The movie follows Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), and her colleagues, Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer), and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae), working in a segregated computers division of the Langley Research Center, in Virginia, USA. They helped NASA catch up in the Space Race against Russia, using their calculations to initiate the launch of John Glenn into space; who later became the first astronaut to do a full orbit of the Earth.
Back in the 1960’s, the world did not have the computers scientists needed now for space operations. Computer use was very rare. Instead, there was a team of women who did all the math and calculations behind multiple space operations at the time. These women often do not get recognition, hence the name Hidden Figures.
Hidden Figures is the valiant untold story of the woman behind one of the greatest space operations in history. It shows the fight for equality and justice for African American women in the space industry.
It’s official release is December 25, 2016, so make sure to go and see it!