Join us Friday, March 22 for the next installment in our Space on Screen series, featuring the blockbuster, “Hidden Figures.”
See the untold story of three African-American women working at NASA’s Langley Research Center in 1961. These women become the brains behind one of the greatest human achievements of all time: launching John Glenn into orbit. This stunning success for America restored confidence in the nation and marked a turning point in the space race.
It was Katherine Johnson, a mathematician working as a human computer, and her brave colleagues, aspiring engineer Mary Jackson, and their supervisor Dorothy Vaughan, who overcame immense gender and racial divides to prove that, “genius has no race, strength has no gender, and courage has no limit.”
Starring Taraji P. Henson as Johnson, Octavia Spencer as Vaughan and Janelle Monae as Jackson, the star-studded cast also featured Kevin Costner (Dances with Wolves, Bull Durham), Kirsten Dunst (Interview with a Vampire), Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) and Mahershala Ali (Moonlight, Luke Cage).
Hidden Figures was nominated for three Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress (Octavia Spencer) and Best Adapted Screenplay. Made for $25 million, the movie made $235 million worldwide when it was released in 2017.
The movie has a 93 percent score from Rotten Tomatoes and an identical score of 93 percent from the audience.