NASA Just named its headquarters after the late African-American NASA Engineer Mary Jackson who was the real life scientist featured in the movie “Hidden Figures.”
I can speak about her legacy as well.
The Head of NASA Said:
“Mary W. Jackson was part of a group of very important women who helped NASA succeed in getting American astronauts into space. Mary never accepted the status quo, she helped break barriers and open opportunities for African Americans and women in the field of engineering and technology,” said Bridenstine. “Today, we proudly announce the Mary W. Jackson NASA Headquarters building. It appropriately sits on ‘Hidden Figures Way,’ a reminder that Mary is one of many incredible and talented professionals in NASA’s history who contributed to this agency’s success. Hidden no more, we will continue to recognize the contributions of women, African Americans, and people of all backgrounds who have made NASA’s successful history of exploration possible.” Ref: https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-names-headquarters-after-hidden-figure-mary-w-jackson
I would be honored to speak on NASA’s Mary Jackson in the news, because my background is almost identical to Mary Jackson and Katherine Johnson from the movie “Hidden Figures.” I am a Rocket scientist who helped build and launch NASA engines. Now, I take science education to the news, so millions of people can love science.
I helped launch 28 NASA Space Shuttle Missions to Space.
With System Safety and Reliability authorizations, I signed off on multi-million dollar Space Shuttle Engine tests
My seat, where I sat supporting NASA’s Mission Control, is an exhibit at the California Science Center in Los Angeles
My role was to calculate the probability of catastrophic explosions during launch
I was named by People Magazine as “The Modern Day Hidden Figure Ref: https://people.com/human-interest/modern-day-hidden-figure-olympia-lepoint-shares-journey/
Mary Jackson is in heaven now, but my thinking is guided by her memory.
I grew up in South Central Los Angeles amid poverty, and math and science saved the trajectory of my life after a field trip to the Jet propulsion laboratory when I was 6 years old where I saw men launching rockets
I share my story in rocket science in the TED talk ” Reprogramming Your Brain to Overcome Fear” that is now approaching 1 Million Views https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PV7Hy_8fhA&feature=emb_title
Attached are 3 photos to use in the News Broadcast.