Many brilliant women mathematicians and engineers helped make the NASA Apollo Programme of 1963-72 possible, as integral members of the team that sent astronauts to the moon. Yet many of their stories are only now being uncovered as new, inclusive histories are written. Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, Margaret Hamilton and JoAnn Morgan, are just a few of these pioneering young minds that are inspiring girls and women to become the scientists of today and tomorrow.

Katherine Johnson. (Image: NASA)

Our third story inspired by objects in the Smithsonian 3D Digitization initiative is linked to the crew hatch from the Apollo 11 Command Module, now at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC.

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