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NASA Renames its HQ building in Washington D.C. After Mary Jackson, first black Engineer at NASA 

first black female engineer, Mary JacksonThe headquarter building of National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) located at Washington D.C., has been renamed after Mary Winston Jackson(1921-2005), the first black female engineer at NASA. Administrator Jim Bridestone made the announcement on 24th June.

About Mary W Jackson:-

  • Mary Jackson was born in Hampton, Virginia.
  • Mary helps in opening opportunities for African Americans and women in the field of engineering and technology.
  • She worked as US Army Secretary before her aerospace career.
  • Mary was recruited by the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics in 1951 which was succeeded by NASA in 1958.
  • She was a Mathematician and was promoted as the first black female engineer.
  • The movie ‘Hidden Figures’ is the story of Mary Jackson and Dorothy Vaughan and Katherine Johnson.
  • In 2019, The Hidden Figures Congressional Gold Medal Act was signed by President Donald Trump and awarded to honour Mary.

About NASA:
Administrator: Jim Bridenstine
Found: 1 October 1958