(TMZ) — Remembering Katherine Johnson Katherine Johnson — the mathematician portrayed by Taraji P. Henson in the Oscar-nominated film “Hidden Figures” — has died.
NASA announced the pioneering figure died Monday. It was her groundbreaking math work that helped calculate the trajectories for Alan Shepard ‘s history-making journey in space. She was also the one who gave the go-ahead for John Glenn ‘s mission into orbit.
Johnson, who was initially rejected by NASA when she first applied, was tasked by Glenn to check the computer’s work by redoing all the math done by a computer that had been programmed with the orbital equations that would control the trajectory of the capsule in Glenn’s Friendship 7 mission.
And, as part of the pre-flight checklist, Glenn asked engineers to “get the girl” to run the same numbers through the same equations that had been programmed into the computer … by hand. Glenn famously said, “If she says they’re good then I’m ready to go.” The mission went on without a hitch.
“Hidden Figures” was released in 2016 to much acclaim. It earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture. Octavia Spencer was also nominated for Best Supporting Actress. Johnson was honored at the 2017 Oscars.
Johnson, who retired in 1986 from NASA, authored or co-authored 26 research projects. She recalled her greatest contribution to space exploration the calculations that helped with Project Apollo’s Lunar Lander — the moon-orbiting Command Service Module.
She was born on August 26, 1918, in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. She was famous before even her NASA days … she was one of 3 black students handpicked to integrate West Virginia’s graduate school. Johnson graduated from West Virginia State College in 1937 … earning degrees in mathematics and French.
Johnson arrived at NASA before it was known by those letters. She started at NACA (National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics) in 1953. It became NASA five years later.
In 2015 and at 97 years of age, President Barack Obama awarded Johnson the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
She was 101.
Marnie the Dog, Famous Instagram Tongue-Out Pup, Dies at 18
(TMZ) — Marnie the Dog — the Internet-famous pooch who was known for her tongue-out expression — has died.
The Shih Tzu’s owner, Shirley Braha, announced the tragic news on Instagram, writing … “It is with much grief I share the news that Marnie passed away painlessly and peacefully in my home at the age of 18.”
She continued, “Her comfort had been notably declining over the past few days with little hope for improvement and she let me know she had had enough. She enjoyed her chicken until the very end.” Braha goes on to thank everyone for embracing Marnie, explaining how her dog put her on the journey of a lifetime and how grateful she was for the love.
Braha ends her tribute post with a bit of info, and somewhat of a forewarning too … saying Marnie will be buried at a pet cemetery in L.A., adding there’ll hopefully be a public memorial for her whenever it’s safe to hold one, in light of the coronavirus and all.
Marnie was adopted from an animal shelter in 2012 at the ripe age of 11 years old. Soon after, she went on to achieve viral fame because of her freakishly long (but super cute) tongue, which inexplicably hung out of her mouth at almost all times.
Marnie has posed with countless celebs over the years, including Jonah Hill, Tina Fey, Demi Lovato, James Franco, Betty White, Ed Sheeran, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Larry King, Aaron Paul, Usher, Selena Gomez, Lena Dunham, Riff Raff, Jason Schwartzman and more.
She once shot down an invitation to the “World Dog Awards” because, apparently, Marnie and co. felt she was too big for it. She might’ve been right — Marnie got her own book deal at one point.
The doggo was 18 years old.
Pop Smoke Will Be Laid to Rest in Brooklyn
LOS ANGELES (TMZ) — Doctors tried to save Pop Smoke‘s life by opening his chest after he was rushed to the hospital with multiple gunshot wounds.
Pop Smoke’s death certificate, obtained by TMZ, says doctors performed a thoracotomy on the left side of his chest — meaning they opened his chest, most likely attempting to remove bullets.
As we first reported, he was hit multiple times when masked assailants broke into the Hollywood Hills home where he was staying.
Pop Smoke’s cause of death was a gunshot wound to the torso, according to the document. It says the time between the shooting and his death was “rapid.”
The rapper — born Bashar Barakah Jackson — died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center at 5:12 AM.
The document also reveals his body was transported back to his native Brooklyn. Pop Smoke’s family held a private ceremony last weekend for close friends and family.
His final burial is now scheduled for later this week. Pop Smoke was 20.
Pink Taco Founder Harry Morton Died of Natural Causes per Coroner
BEVERLY HILLS (Patch) — The Los Angeles County coroner’s office has announced that Harry Morton, founder of the Pink Taco restaurant chain and former owner of the Viper Room nightclub in West Hollywood, died of “probable cardiac arrhythmia,” and the manner of death was listed as “natural.”
Morton, 38, was found dead in his residence in the 500 block of Haynes Avenue in Beverly Hills about 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 23.
A secondary cause of death was listed by the coroner’s office as “myocardial bridging with coronary artery atherosclerosis.”
Morton’s father Peter co-founded the […]
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