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Women in space

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 »

13-Year-Old Alyssa Carson Is Training to Be the First Human on Mars

Alyssa Carson, a 13-year-old from Baton Rouge, has other-worldly ambitions, and shooting for the moon is not enough. She wants to be on the first human mission to Mars, predicted to be in 2030. Her far reaching goal took hold when she was about 5 years old:  Read More »

What's Your Dream? Share It, and Enter to Win a Space Food Feast!

Mae Jemison always knew she wanted to go to the moon. When Geena Davis' teacher told the acting class that only one of them would make it, she looked around and felt bad for the other kids. Kathy Kusner, the first licensed female jockey, was crazy about horses from the start. Read More »

Escape Into Space with These Vintage Photos

Hundreds of people have flown in space since the first trip in 1961, but only 40 women have made the journey. After two female Russian cosmonauts completed groundbreaking spaceflights, Sally Ride became America's first woman astronaut in 1983. Read More »