Johnson passed away on Monday at 101-years-old. The mathematician broke down racial and social barriers and was the first African-American woman to work as a NASA scientist. She was portrayed by Henson in the 2016 movie and the actress took time to acknowledge the important effect she had on the world.
"Thank you QUEEN #KatherineJohnson for sharing your intelligence, poise, grace and beauty with the world! Because of your hard work little girls EVERYWHERE can dream as big as the MOON!!!" Taraji wrote. "Your legacy will live on FORVER AND EVER!!! You ran so we could fly!!!"