A 20,000-foot mountain on the moon named after noted computer scientist Melba Roy Mouton

A 20,000-foot-high (6,000-meter) mountain has been named by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) on the moon in honor of the pioneering American mathematician Melba Roy Mouton.

Among many other accomplishments during her 14 years at NASA, Mouton received the Apollo Achievement Award for her part in the Apollo 11 moon landing on July 20, 1969.

“Melba Mouton was one of our pioneering leaders at NASA,” Sandra Connelly (opens in a new tab)acting as associate administrator for science at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC, said i statement (opens in a new tab). “Not only did she help NASA become a leader in exploring the unknown in air and space, but she also paved the way for women and other people of color to pursue careers and lead cutting-edge science at NASA. “

Digital color photograph of Melba Roy Mouton standing next to a large IBM computer at NASA headquarters in 1964. (Image credit: Getty)

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