Katherine Johnson, the pioneering mathematician who helped send the first astronauts to the Moon, has died at 101.

Johnson's achievements were depicted in the film 'Hidden Figures', which showed her work in orbital mathematics and its importance to the Apollo space programme.

"Our Nasa family is sad to learn the news that Katherine Johnson passed away this morning at 101 years old," wrote Nasa administration Jim Bridenstine on Twitter. "She was an American hero and her pioneering legacy will never be forgotten."

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