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[i]I saw the movie "Hidden Figures" tonight and it was excellent. Great story told very well. Sure, I could nitpick, after all I wrote two books about Langley's history and did quite a bit with the story of the "human computers" in those books 20-30 years ago. I see where the filmmakers took their liberties with the facts. But the power of the drama and the importance of the social and human message overrides all of my nitpicking with the movie, anyway. I definitely recommend seeing it.[/i] — James Hansen, historian and author
[i]I loved this movie. I laughed and I cried, and most importantly, the movie helped me get to know a group of people whose accomplishments I’d never fully recognized. They were a unique group of mathematicians who pioneered the calculations that sent humans to space, as well as the computations associated with state-of-the-art principles of aeronautics. Those mathematicians, or “Computers” as they were called, just happened to be women, hundreds of them, and "Hidden Figures" focuses on the truly significant accomplishments of the African-American women in that group, and specifically on Katherine Johnson.[/i] — Cady Coleman, astronaut
[i]Saw a terrific movie last night: "Hidden Figures". A late celebration of some truly remarkable women who helped build our space program. It's a truly uplifting story that has taken too long to get told. I never promote but this one is a must.[/i] — Jim Reilly, astronaut
[i]Saw "Hidden Figures" today. Wish I could have met these pioneering women, and thanked them for their intelligence, integrity and courage. They laid the foundations for my own Spaceflight. Go see this movie!![/i] — Kathy Sullivan, astronaut
[i]First thoughts after seeing "Hidden Figures"... Great movie. I watched it from so many perspectives: as a former NASA scientist, as an African American working in a scientific field in which unfortunately I am still a "1st" or "2nd" too often, and as a fan of the drama/space genre of movie. Five thoughts: [list=1][*]It is just a great entertaining movie no matter what your background is. All of the key actors/actresses did a nice job.
[*]Every person, even those under the scar of segregation, had so much pride in what the U.S. was trying to achieve for the country with the Space Race.
[*]It made me wonder how many other great ideas/advances that could benefit society were missed out on because a large percentage of this country's brightest minds were not free to share and engage in science, business, and policy. This is why I find schools, communities, and teams that have diverse make up to be for more engaging and important than ones that all "look" the same. Different perspectives bring fresh ideas.
[*]It also was an interesting look at the struggle that some in society face when they know/see things that are wrong but internally grapple with turning a blind eye or changing it (even if not popular).
[*]It pointed out that feeling that some of you reading this have felt when you walked into the room and some are immediately questioning in their minds why you are in the room or if it is at the expense of someone else.[/list] No matter what your background is, I think you will enjoy it. Ayana Shepherd and I have now declared it a mandatory watch for our kids.[/i] — Marshall Shepherd, host of Weather Geeks at The Weather Channel
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