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As portrayed in the critically acclaimed film Hidden Figures, Katherine Johnson was an American mathematician whose calculations of orbital mechanics as a NASA employee were critical to the success of the first and subsequent U.S. crewed spaceflights. She is regarded as one of the first Black women to work as a NASA scientist.

One Step Further: My Story of Math, the Moon, and a Lifelong Mission tells Katherine Johnson's inspirational journey to success in an autobiographical picture book.

Join the nationally-syndicated public radio show and podcast Living on Earth for a conversation of resilience and perseverance with Johnson's daughter, Katherine Moore, who co-created this book with her sister and mom.

We explore Katherine's story of breaking down gender and racial barriers so that her daughters - and millions of other young women - could reach for the stars as she did.

This conversation is part of the Living on Earth Book Club and is free and open to the public. This event is sponsored by Living on Earth, the UMass Boston School for the Environment and the UMass Boston McCormack Graduate School.

If you have any questions, please reach out to comments@loe.org.
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