John Glenn was the first man in space, but he had a large team behind him.
20th Century Fox’s ‘Hidden Figures’ film gets into a group of people who used their smarts in math to help the US win the space race. Specifically, 3 African American women. Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer), and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae) had to bust not only the race barrier but also the thought that females can’t be smart enough to solve complicated math problems, especially not enough to put a man into space.
Hidden Figures is out on January