• Sheila Maffay-Tuthill

Black History Month #16 - Melba L.C. Moore

We are watching the inspirational journey of the Mars rover today. Good luck, Perseverance! Black History at our neighbor, NASA Goddard,

Melba L.C. Roy at NASA Goddard

includes a brilliant leader named Melba L.C. Moore.

Melba L.C. Roy was a mathematician and the program production section chief at NASA Goddard in Greenbelt. She earned the nickname “the human computer.” Her team of mathematicians designed large-scale computer programs for spacecraft orbits. She was a graduate of Howard University, and won the both the Apollo Achievement Award and the NASA Exceptional Performance Award.

She was also featured in Ebony magazine in 1965. Ebony magazine published 57 profiles of African Americans in electronics and computing in the second half of the 20th Century.

3 views0 comments

Visitor Information

Historic House


The Museum is currently closed with all staff working remotely, but check our blog and join us as we #MuseumFromHome

10B Crescent Rd.

Greenbelt, MD 20770

Open Sundays 1-5 pm

Admission $5 or under

Contact us to visit or book  tours on other days!

Exhibition Gallery


Lenore Thomas Straus Exhibit

Greenbelt Community Center

15 Crescent Rd. 

Greenbelt, MD 20770

Open M-Sat 9am-10pm, 

Sundays 10am-7pm

Greenbelt Museum Office

15 Crescent Road

Greenbelt, Maryland 20770



  • Facebook Social Icon
  • Twitter Social Icon
  • Instagram Social Icon
  • Pinterest Social Icon
  • Trip Advisor Social Icon

Preserving and sharing the New Deal history of an experimental planned community built by FDR in suburban Maryland in 1937 and still thriving today.