Black History Month: Melba Mouton

Melba Roy Mouton served as Assistant Chief of Research Programs at NASA’s Trajectory and Geodynamics Division in the 1960s and headed a group of NASA mathematicians called “computers”. She served as Head Mathematician for Echo Satellites 1 and 2 before becoming Head Computer Programmer and then Program Production Section Chief at Goddard Space Flight Center.

On February 15, 2023 NASA named a large mountain near the Moon’s South Pole “Mons Mouton” after her. The mountain is a prominent lunar landmark and is one of the candidate landing regions for the Artemis III mission.

Photo courtesy of NASA