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Katherine Coleman Goble Johnson
Summary: Worked with tracking teams of manned and unmanned orbital missions. Spacecraft include the Earth Resources Satellite, lunar orbital missions, and Apollo moon missions. Received Group Achievement Award presented to NASA’s Lunar Spacecraft and Operations Team.
Born: 8/26/1918, White Sulphur Springs, WV
NACA: Computer, June 1953
Aerospace Technologist, 1958
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1959 - Trajectory for Alan Shepard‘s flight
Back-up navigation charts for astronauts
1962 – Verified calculations made for the 1st time by electronic computer for John Glenn’s orbit
1969 – Apollo 11 trajectory to the Moon
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Co-authored 26 scientific papers, some of which include:
NASA TN D-233, The Determination of Azimuth Angle at Burnout for Placing a Satellite over a Selected Earth Position 1960. T.H. Skopinski, Katherine G. Johnson.
NASA TN D-1366, The Orbital Behavior of the Echo 1 Satellite and its Rocket Casing During the First 500 Days 1962. Gertrude C. Westrick, Katherine G. Johnson.
NASA TN D-6752, Simplified Interplanetary Guidance Procedures Using Onboard Optical Measurements 1972. Harold A. Hamer, Katherine G. Johnson.
NASA TP-1758, Pseudosteady-State Analysis of Nonlinear Aircraft Maneuvers 1980. John W. Young, Albert A. Schy, Katherine G. Johnson.
NASA TP-2484, Decoupled and Linear Quadratic Regulator Control of a Large, Flexible Space Antenna With an Observer in the Control Loop 1985. Harold A. Hamer, Katherine G. Johnson, and John W. Young.
NASA TP-2604, Effects of Model Error on Control of Large Flexible Space Antenne with Comparisions of Decoupled and Linear Quadratic Regulator Control Procedures 1986. Harold A. Hamer, Katherine G. Johnson.
For more reports, search for K. Johnson on http://ntrs.nasa.gov
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