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About NASA’s IV&V Program

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Welcome to the Katherine Johnson Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) Facility, home of NASA’s IV&V Program, located in the heart of West Virginia’s technology sector in Fairmont, West Virginia. The facility is named in honor of West Virginia native and NASA “hidden figure” Katherine Johnson.  Born in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia in 1918, Katherine’s intense curiosity and brilliance with numbers lead her to a distinguished career with the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics and NASA.

NASA’s IV&V Program was established in 1993 as a direct result of recommendations made by the National Research Council (NRC) and the Report of the Presidential Commission on the Space Shuttle Challenger Accident.  Since its inception, the IV&V Program has been contributing to the safety and success of NASA’s highest-profile missions by assuring the software on those missions performs correctly.  The IV&V Program falls administratively under NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) located in Greenbelt, Maryland and operates under functional guidance from the Office of Safety and Mission Assurance (OSMA).

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