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SS Katherine Johnson’s Cygnus capsule is heading to the International Space Station

Another cargo ship is heading to the International Space Station after taking off from Virginia on Saturday. The Cygnus cargo spacecraft is named after SS Katherine Johnson after the black mathematician featured prominently in the movie “Hidden Figures.” The capsule is scheduled to arrive at the International Space Station on Monday, delivering about 8,000 pounds of supplies, vehicle equipment and scientific materials to the station.

Some of the items in the shipment It will help astronauts learn about muscle loss in an experiment using worms, check sleep quality on board the space station, test experimental disease treatments, update life support systems on board the space station, and test equipment for lunar missions, among other things. Northrop Grumman Vice President Frank Demouro said it is customary to name each Cygnus spacecraft after an individual who has played an important role in human spaceflight.

Mrs. Johnson was chosen for her handwritten accounts that helped put the early Americans in place. Johnson lived to be 101, and died on February 24, 2020. During her life, she worked for NASA and its predecessor, the National Aeronautics Advisory Committee, which works on the early space program. Some of her major contributions to space travel include accounts that helped John Glenn become the first American to orbit the Earth.

The launch of the capsule coincided with the 59th anniversary of the historic mission. Another interesting piece of information about the launch was that it happened on Wallops Island, about 100 miles from the Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, where Johnson and other Sudanese mathematicians succeeded in “hidden figures”.

Not so long ago, Russia launched a cargo supply ship to the International Space Station. This cargo ship will be the last to use the Russian docking port due to be replaced in the coming months.

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