To celebrate the Oscar-nominated film Hidden Figures launching on Blu-ray & DVD on the 3 July, the QEPrize is teaming up with the Science Museum, the Royal Academy of Engineering, EDF Energy and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment for a very special movie night.

As well as showing the incredible story of three of NASA’s brilliant, female, African-American mathematicians, the evening will feature a live Q&A with leading engineers and commentators on the challenges we see in space engineering and in diversity.

Hidden Figures follows mathematicians Katherine Johnson (played by Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer), and aspiring engineer Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe) who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit. This stunning achievement restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race between Russia and the U.S.A., and galvanised the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.

Opening the screening in the Science Museum’s IMAX Theatre on Monday 19 June, The Sky at Night’s Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock will be quizzing a panel of eminent aerospace engineers including Anita Bernie, director of Spacecraft Platform and Demonstration Missions at Surrey Satellite Technology Limited; Dr Nelson Ogunshakin, President and Chief Executive of the Association for Consultancy and Engineering; Roma Agrawal, a structural engineer at AECOM; and Abbie Hutty – Lead Structures Engineer on the ExoMars Rover Project at Airbus Defence and Space, and a QEPrize Ambassador.

Tune in to Facebook Live from 7:00pm to catch the discussion!

This event is being supported by the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, in collaboration with the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Science Museum, EDF Energy and their Pretty Curious Programme and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Hidden Figures’ launches on Blu-ray and DVD in the UK on 3 July 2017.

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