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Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race

10 minutes
A look at the American heroes you never knew existed.

Behind Neil Armstrong and John Glenn — behind the many white faces that peppered NASA’s public presence — were a handful of unlikely heroes whose talents in mathematics, engineering, and computing helped secure America’s victory in the epic space race against Russia. In this Snapshot, you’ll learn about the black women who altered the course of US history in the face of prejudice and segregation.

Read this Snapshot if you:

  • Want to learn lesser-known aspects of American history
  • Are curious about the events behind Apollo 11
  • Enjoy stories of triumph in the face of opposition
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