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NASA Langley Hall of Honor Ceremony: From “Hidden Figures” to Breaking the Sound Barrier

Date: Thursday, June 1, 2017

Location: NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA, US,

Eighteen people who helped change the course history in aviation, space exploration, science and even race relations are being inducted into the NASA Langley Hall of Honor on June 1. This year’s induction also marks the 100th anniversary of NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.

An induction ceremony will be held June 1 at 1 p.m. at NASA Langley. News media should contact Michael Finneran at 757-864-6121 or for access to Langley.

The new Hall of Honor members range from one of the first men to break the sound barrier to three female African-American “human computers” portrayed in the film “Hidden Figures” last year.

The 2017 honorees for 2017 are: Clinton Brown, Robert Champine, Norman Crabill, Smith DeFrance, Charles Donlan, Cornelius Driver, Roy Harris, Harvey Hubbard, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, Joel Levine, James Martin, Jr., Patrick McCormick, Edward Polhamus, James Starnes, Jr., Floyd Thompson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Charles Zimmerman.

For more about the inductees, go to

For more about NASA Langley centennial public events, go to

The Hall of Honor was conceived by members of the Langley Alumni Association and NASA Langley as a way to pay tribute to individuals who built exemplary careers at Langley, persevered against the status quo when required, and achieved revolutionary scientific understanding and technological progress on the frontiers of the aerospace sciences.

It is formally called the Langley Research Center National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Hall of Honor. The first induction was held in 2015, as part of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the NACA, which became NASA in 1958.

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