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Women in space

MAKERS' Exclusive Q&A With Children's Book Author, Cofounder and CEO of Sally Ride Science, Tam O'Shaughnessy

Tam O'Shaughnessy is an American children's science writer with an upcoming book, a photo biography about Sally Ride, set to release soon. Before the astronaut's death in 2012, they were life partners for over two decades. Read More »

Influential NASA Astronauts and Chief Space Scientist Chat With NPR

On Tuesday, NASA astronauts Cady Coleman, Serena Auñón, European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, and NASA Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan visited NPR headquarters to discuss women in STEM, Read More »

Nichelle Nichols to Go On NASA Flight

Although it's been years since Nichelle Nichols played Lt. Uhura on the original "Star Trek," that doesn't mean she's done with space for good.  Read More »

The Woman Who Made the Apollo 11 Moon Landing Happen

On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 reached the moon and astronaut Neil Armstrong was the first human to set foot on it. But did you know about the woman who made the Apollo 11 moon landing happen? Read More »

#MakeSpaceForWomen: Women of Pluto Flyby Team Are Making History

After 9 years and more than 3 billion miles, NASA's New Horizons flew by Pluto at 7:49 a.m. ET Tuesday. Read More »

Get to Know Astronaut Abby

Abby Harrison's dreams are big — so big that they're out of this world, literally.  Read More »

Celebrating More than 50 Years of Women in Space

Tuesday marks an important day for women's strides in space. On June 16, 1963, Valentina Tereshkova of Russia became the first woman to go to space when she flew Vostok 6. Read More »

Katherine G. Johnson Honored by National Women's History Museum

On November 17th, MAKER Katherine Johnson will be honored with a Living Legacy Award alongside Goldieblox Founder Debbie Sterling, and The Honorable Sally Jewel, U.S. Read More »

Katherine Johnson Went to College at 15--Then She Calculated the Path to the Moon

When Katherine Johnson started college (at age 15), she never dreamed she’d be involved in space. At the time, she remembers that as a woman, “You could be a nurse or a teacher.” But numbers had always come naturally to Johnson, and her professors encouraged her to study mathematics. Read More »

Going Off Script with Michael Epstein, Director of MAKERS: Women in Space

Michael Epstein produced and directed MAKERS: Women in Space along with producer Sarah Wolitzky. He says he learned "everything" in the making of this documentary, tracing the history of women who define America's aeronautical legacy. Read More »