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1540. 

The Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) facility of NASA in West Virginia is named after __________.

[A]. Alan Shepard
[B]. John Glenn
[C]. Katherine Johnson
[D]. Dorothy Vaughan

Answer: Option C

Explanation:

NASA has honoured Katherine Johnson by renaming its Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) facility in West Virginia in her name. She is a person who defied racism at the U.S. space agency and became a legendary mathematician. Johnson, who turned 100 in August last year, is an African-American woman who led a distinguished career at the agency during a time when race tensions were high and when important roles with the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, a precursor to NASA, were dominated mainly by men. The facility's programme contributes to the safety and success of NASA's highest-profile missions by assuring that mission software performs correctly.

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