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Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson and Dorothy Vaughan work in the segregated section in Langley's Research Center. After the Soviets successfully launch a satellite into space, there is pressure increases to send an American into space. Katherine Johnson is assigned to help the Space Task Group because of her abilities with analytic geometry. She becomes the first African American woman on the team. She is met with resistance from others, particularly by the head engineer Paul Stafford.

Mary Jackson is assigned to work with the space capsule heat shield team. Here she found a flaw with the heat shields. Mary addresses a court judge to grant her permission to attend an engineering night class at an all-white school.

Dorothy Vaughan discovers that an IBM computer will be replacing her team. She goes to see the computer so that she can learn about it and is able to start the machine, which others have yet been able to do. Dorothy taught herself and co-workers about Fortran and are soon promoted to work with the IBM computer.

| 2017 | 2 hr 7 min | 7.8/10
Theodore Melfi
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