Reaching for the Moon: The Autobiography of NASA Mathematician Katherine Johnson

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Reaching for the Moon: The Autobiography of NASA Mathematician Katherine Johnson

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September 2019

ISBN: 9781534440838

As a young girl, Katherine Johnson showed an exceptional aptitude for math. In school she quickly skipped ahead several grades and was soon studying complex equations with the support of a professor who saw great promise in her. But ability and opportunity did not always go hand in hand. As an African American and a girl growing up in an era of brutal racism and sexism, Katherine faced daily challenges. Still, she lived her life with her father’s words in mind: “You are no better than anyone else, and nobody else is better than you.”

In the early 1950s, Katherine was thrilled to join the organization that would become NASA. She worked on many of NASA’s biggest projects including the Apollo 11 mission that landed the first men on the moon.

Katherine Johnson’s story was made famous in the bestselling book and Oscarnominated film Hidden Figures. Now in Reaching for the Moon she tells her own story for the first time, in a lively autobiography that will inspire young readers everywhere.

 
  • ISBN: 9781534440838
    Format: Print Book
    Edition: Hardcover edition
    Publisher: Atheneum
    Page Count: 288
    Trim Size: 8 1/4" x 5 1/2"
    Genre: Nonfic
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