NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine announced that the agency's HQ building in Washington, D.C., will be named after Mary W. Jackson.
She was the first African-American female engineer at NASA. Mary started her NASA career in the segregated west area computing unit of the agency's Langley research centre in Virginia, U.S.
NASA’s Headquarters will be named the Mary W Jackson NASA Headquarters. Mary Jackson was @NASA's first African-American female engineer. She elevated America’s space program & led towards inclusion. Looking forward to holding a formal naming ceremony soon. https://t.co/R5tYNKPYNS pic.twitter.com/vKuIzMwpGN— Jim Bridenstine (@JimBridenstine) June 24, 2020
The mathematician and aerospace engineer went on to lead programs influencing the hiring and promotion of women in NASA's science, technology and mathematics careers.
In a statement, Carolyn Lewis, Mary’s daughter says, “We are honoured that NASA continues to celebrate the legacy of our mother and grandmother Mary W. Jackson.”
“She was a scientist, humanitarian, wife, mother and trailblazer who paved the way for thousands of others to succeed, not only at NASA, but throughout this nation.”
Compiled by Phelokazi Mbude
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