Northrop Grumman sends the S.S. Katherine Johnson to space

Northrop Grumman named the Cygnus spacecraft after Katherine Johnson, the late Black mathematician who supported early NASA missions and was a central figure in the book and movie Hidden Figures. Johnson died last year at the age of 101.

According to Space News, the S.S. Katherine Johnson will arrive at the space station early Feb. 22 and remain at the station for about three months.

“The spacecraft is carrying 3,810 kilograms of cargo, primarily crew supplies, science payloads and station hardware. That hardware includes equipment to support the station’s life support systems and spare parts for the station’s toilet, as well as an additional “alternate sleep accommodation” for the station now that there are regularly seven people on the station rather than the six that had been the standard for years.”