Set against the backdrop of the Jim Crow South and the civil rights movement, the never-before-told true story of NASAâ€™s African-American female mathematicians who played a crucial role in Americaâ€™s space programâ€”and whose contributions have been unheralded, until now. Before John Glenn orbited the Earth or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of professionals worked as â€œHuman Computers,â€ calculating the flight paths that would enable these historic achievements. Among these were a coterie of bright, talented African-American women. Segregated from their white counterparts by Jim Crow laws, these â€œcolored computers,â€ as they were known, used slide rules, adding machines, and pencil and paper to support Americaâ€™s fledgling aeronautics industry, and helped write the equations that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space. Drawing on the oral histories of scores of these â€œcomputers,â€ personal recollections, interviews with NASA executives and engineers, archival documents, correspondence, and reporting from the era, Hidden Figures recalls Americaâ€™s greatest adventure and NASAâ€™s groundbreaking successes through the experiences of five spunky, courageous, intelligent, determined, and patriotic women: Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, Christine Darden, and Gloria Champine.