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RSI Celebrates Black History Month

This Week’s Featured Profile: Christine Mann Darden

Meet another ‘Hidden Figure,’ whose love of geometry took her to NASA

“When her mother gave Christine Mann a doll, she cut it open to see how it talked.

When her brother broke the brakes on her bicycle, 5-year-old Christine fixed them with a coat hanger and a pair of pliers.

She spent elementary school weekends helping her dad work on the family car.

So nobody who knew her growing up in Monroe was surprised when she joined the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in 1967 as one of their “human computers” – or when she became an engineer who wrote more than 50 papers in her 40-year career.

You didn’t see her in the movie “Hidden Figures,” which focuses on the pioneering work of three African-American women: Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson and Dorothy Vaughan, who helped get the Mercury astronauts into space in the early 1960s. But Margot Lee Shetterly’s book, the basis for that film, pays tribute to Christine Mann Darden, who landed at NASA five years afterward.”

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