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Things We Saw Today: Happy 100th Birthday to NASA Mathematician Katherine Johnson!

Plus #NationalDogDay, Steven Universe and more!

Happy 100th birthday to NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson, who was responsible for calculating the trajectory for NASA’s first space missions. Johnson was part of the “computing pool” at NASA (which was largely made up of women) that processed data and calculated orbital mechanics by hand. She was an integral part of the successful launches and returns of astronauts Alan Sheperd and John Glenn. Her life story was adapted into the hit film Hidden Figures. Just last year, the Katherine G. Johnson Computational Research Facility was opened in Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. She was also awarded the National Medal of Freedom for her remarkable work and legacy.

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Chelsea was born and raised in New Orleans, which explains her affinity for cheesy grits and Britney Spears. An pop culture journalist since 2012, her work has appeared on Autostraddle, AfterEllen, and more. Her beats include queer popular culture, film, television, republican clownery, and the unwavering belief that 'The Long Kiss Goodnight' is the greatest movie ever made. She currently resides in sunny Los Angeles, with her husband, 2 sons, and one poorly behaved rescue dog. She is a former roller derby girl and a black belt in Judo, so she is not to be trifled with. She loves the word “Jewess” and wishes more people used it to describe her.