Last week, “human computer” Katharine Johnson passed away. Johnson’s calculations of orbital mechanics were instrumental to the success of NASA’s Apollo missions. One of the first African-American women scientists to work at NASA, Johnson’s time at NASA was fictionalized in the 2016 film Hidden Figures. This month’s playlist includes videos in her honor.
- Katherine Johnson reflects on her time at NASA in a 2017 interview;
- ESA engineer Advenit Makaya breaks down how we can use 3-D printing on the Moon;
- Speaking of moons, the Earth has a temporary mini-moon the size of a car;
- Could we communicate with aliens made of antimatter? MinutePhysics explains the barriers to communication at the molecular level;
- Betelgeuse is going to explode! Just kidding…unless? The Science Channel describes the (hypothetical) end of the red supergiant’s life.