NASA names DC headquarters after its first black female engineer, Mary Jackson

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Engineer Mary W. Jackson at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, in 1977. NASA via AP/ Robert Nye photo
Isabel Van Brugen, The Epoch Times NASA announced Wednesday, June 24, that it will name its Washington headquarters building after Mary W. Jackson, the first African American female engineer at the agency. According to a news release Wednesday, Jackson, a mathematician and aerospace engineer, began her career at NASA in the segregated West Area Computing Unit of the agency’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. Virginia-born Jackson continued to head programs influencing the hiring and promotion of women in NASA’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers, according the release. She was posthumously awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 2019, an award bestowed by the U.S. Congress. She retired from NASA in 1985 and died in 2005. “Mary W. Jack
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