When the Americans were engaged in a race with Russians as to who will conquer outer space and when Russians succeed in sending a craft into space and sending a man into space, the people at NASA who are the ones who are trying to conquer space are told by the government they better conquer it. When the people who are in charge of making the math calculations need a “computer” or mathematician to confirm their math. And a (black) woman , Katherine Gobel is sent and she has to deal with segregation and racial bias. But she not only does a good job, she also solves several problems. And her co-worker, Mary Jackson, an engineer, is asked to help with the space capsule. And when she figures out what is wrong with it, the head engineer wants her to apply to the engineering program. But she is told that she still needs a few more credits to qualify. And the only schools where she can take the courses don’t allow “colored” to attend. So she sets out to break the barrier. And their unofficial supervisor, Dorothy Vaughan upon learning that new computers will be installed that can do the work her people usually does, which means her whole department will be phased out and everyone laid off. So she tries to learn how to handle the computer.