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'Hidden Figure' Marion Lee Johnson Talks NASA Career

Marion Lee Johnson
Courtesy of Cincinnati Museum Center
Marion Lee Johnson.

Marion Lee Johnson developed a love for mathematics at a young age and pursued that subject all the way through her undergraduate studies. She assumed a math degree would ultimately land her a teaching job - though she ended up finding, perhaps, a higher calling.

Much higher. 

Johnson worked as an engineer with Boeing at NASA during the 1960s space race and played a role in landing Apollo 11 and its crew on the moon. 

Now, more than five decades later, she revisited that period as part of the Cincinnati Museum Center's exhibit, "Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission," which closed on Monday. Johnson spoke to crowds about her experience with the mission and about her advice for the next generation of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) professionals.

Before her visit to Cincinnati, Johnson spoke with Cincinnati Edition.

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Michael Monks brings a broad range of experience to WVXU-FM as the host of Cincinnati Edition, Cincinnati Public Radio's weekday news and information talk show.