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Neil deGrasse Tyson explains why racetracks have weird angles

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Honored by the Academy and NASA.Image: Jim Smeal/REX/Shutterstock More than 50 years after Katherine Johnson first helped send astronauts into space, the once “hidden figure” is hidden no more at NASA.  The federal agency named a new research facility in Johnson’s honor this week. The Katherine G. Johnson Computational Research Facility at Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia opened Friday.  SEE ALSO: ‘Hidden Figures’ screenings at embassies inspire a program for women in STEM Johnson was part of a group of black women mathematicians whose calculations — done by hand — were essential to NASA’s early space missions. She was […]

NASA’s first African-American Space Station crewmember is a total badass

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NASA astronaut Jeanette Epps.Image: NASA NASA astronaut Jeanette Epps is set to become the first African-American crewmember on the International Space Station when she flies to space next year, the space agency announced Wednesday. Epps’ months-long trip should begin in 2018, and it will mark the first time she has traveled to orbit, following in the footsteps of the women who inspired her to become an astronaut. SEE ALSO: This is what astronauts see when they look out their window “It was about 1980, I was nine years old. My brother came home and he looked at my grades and […]