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

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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