Katherine Johnson's death at the age of 101 was announced by the bosses at NASA on Monday, February 24.
"We're saddened by the passing of celebrated #HiddenFigures mathematician Katherine Johnson," a statement read. "Today, we celebrate her 101 years of life and honor her legacy of excellence that broke down racial and social barriers."
Henson then took to Instagram to share an image of Johnson alongside a touching dedication.
"Thank you QUEEN #KatherineJohnson for sharing your intelligence, poise, grace and beauty with the world!" she wrote. "Because of your hard work little girls EVERYWHERE can dream as big as the MOON!!! Your legacy will live on FORVER AND EVER!!! You ran so we could fly!!! I will forever be honored to have been a part of bringing your story to life."
"You/your story was hidden and thank GOD you are #hiddennomore God bless your beautiful family. I am so honored to have sat and broke bread with you all. My thoughts and prayers are with you! #RIHKatherineJohnson #representationmatters."
Katherine's ground breaking career played a key role in the historic Apollo 11 moon landing.