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We started this blog as a way to highlight the important work of women in fields related to the space sciences. Women are still dramatically underrepresented in many scientific fields relevant to the exploration of space, and we’re hoping to help change that.
There are a lot of inspiring women out there doing incredible research – and we want to help bridge the gap between their work and the next generation of women space scientists.
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Just after completing the primary mission of 669 sols on Mars, Curiosity’s managers planned a special day — June 26, 2014 — in which mostly women were assigned to the more than 100 different operational roles.
At 3pm EST today, NASA is hosting a hangout about the Chandra X-ray observatory. Joining in is Julie Hlavacek-Larrondo, an Einstein postdoctoral fellow supported by NASA at Stanford University. She was the lead on a recent study of supermassive black holes using data from Chandra.
Guess where the highest level of UV radiation recorded at the Earth’s surface is. Nathalie Cabrol and her team took the measurements at a research site popular with astrobiologists. Hint: It’s not under the ozone hole in Antarctica…
A new study outlines the discovery of serpentine on the protoplanet Vesta (courtesy of data from NASA’s Dawn Mission). Serpentine can’t survive over 400 degrees Celsius - which means it probably came from asteroids that impacted Vesta after it cooled.
To learn more about Vestsa, check out this NASA conference featuring Carol Raymond (Dawn Principal Investigator at NASA JPL) and M. Cristina De Sanctis (Italian National Institute of Astrophysics).
The spacecraft pointed back at Earth to make sure it was headed in the right direction after launching - but the images of Earth have been used to help scientists understand what a habitable planet might look like from afar.
Did you know that women fill 72 of the 102 operational roles at NASAthat support the Curiosity rover while it roams the surface of Mars?
NASA’s Curiosity rover has celebrated a successful year on Mars (687 Earth days) - and as part of the celebrations NASA held Women’s Curiosity Day for the team running the rover.
"I see this as a chance to illustrate to girls and young women that there’s not just a place for them in technical fields, but a wide range of jobs and disciplines that are part of the team needed for a project as exciting as a rover on Mars," said Colette Lohr, an engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California.
Lisa May of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate is the program executive for NASA’s MAVEN mission (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution mission) - but she also might sound familiar to some people because she’s the voice for the NASA Sciencecasts.