Nasa paid tribute to her "legacy of excellence that broke down racial and social barriers".
Unlike Hollywood, the boffins at NASA know their onions when it comes to space travel, and some movies just don't stand up to scrutiny.
The gesture was in honor of her mother, Dellsena Spencer, who worked as a maid and other small jobs to single-handedly support her seven children. Tomorrow I’ve bought the 8pm showing of #hiddenfigures the rave Baldwin hills. “This is how phenomenal this woman is @therealoctaviaspencer bought out the movie theatre for TONIGHT’S 8pm showing of #hiddenfigures at Rave cinemas Baldwin Hills in Los Angeles California for poverty stricken families who want to see this movie with their children on #MLK day.