This hidden genius has a lot to be credited for. NASA is celebrating Mary G Ross, a mathematician and engineer whose role in America’s space-age is largely unknown to mark the Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

Born in 1908, she was a woman of Native American origin and a member of the Cherokee Nation. She earned a master’s degree in 1938 and moved to California in 1941. In California, Ross landed a job as a mathematician at Lockheed, where she worked on the P-38 Lightning fighter plane.

Mary G Ross worked her way up the ranks at Lockheed to become the only women on the team at Skunk Works.

Ross wrote a number of professional and theoretical works and was one of the authors of the NASA Planetary Flight Handbook Vol. III, about space travel to Mars and Venus.

Indigenous Peoples’ Day is a holiday celebrated every year on October 11 to honor Native American people and to commemorate their history and culture.

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