We delivered our first round of membership goodies this week, and – as our Universe and Galaxy members now know – we have the SOFTEST T-SHIRTS EVER.
Seriously, they are insanely soft. We can’t stop touching them.
We also keep getting questions about the women’s names on the shirts, so in honor of Women’s History Month, let’s dive into learning more about these five women who played a huge part in paving the way for the rest of us in science, technology and math. These women, quite literally, got us to the moon.
If you’ve seen the award-winning movie “Hidden Figures”, then the name Katherine Johnson should sound familiar. Katherine Coleman Goble Johnson is an African-American physicist and mathematician who made contributions to the United States‘ aeronautics and space programs with the early application of computers at NASA. She’s the star of this amazing movie, which by the way, is playing on March 22nd at the Belcourt in Nashville.
Vera Cooper Rubin was a groundbreaking astrophysicist who discovered evidence of dark matter and was able to help map just how much the universe is expanding. In addition to her important work on dark matter, Vera was a pioneering advocate of women in the sciences. She died on the night of December 25, 2016 and the president of the Carnegie Institution, where she performed the bulk of her work and research, called her a “national treasure.
Sally Kristen Ride was a physicist and astronaut who became the first American woman in space in 1983. She remains the youngest American astronaut to have traveled to space, having done so at the age of 32 and is the first known LGBTQ astronaut. She was the president and CEO of Sally Ride Science, a company she co-founded in 2001 that creates entertaining science programs and publications for upper elementary and middle school students, with a particular focus on girls.
Ellen Ochoa is an engineer, former astronaut and the current Director of the Johnson Space Center. In 1993, Ochoa became the first Hispanic woman in the world to go to space, as a member of the Discovery mission. As a researcher at NASA, she led a research group working primarily on optical systems for automated space exploration. She patented an optical system to detect defects in a repeating pattern and is a co-inventor on three patents for an optical inspection system.
Mae Carol Jemison is an engineer, physician and NASA astronaut. She became the first African-American woman to travel in space when she went into orbit aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour. After medical school and a general practice, Jemison served in the Peace Corps from 1985 until 1987, when she was selected by NASA to join the astronaut corps. She resigned from NASA in 1993 to found a company researching the application of technology to daily life.
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By Courtenay Rogers
Courtenay helps keep the trains on the tracks as COO at Girls To The Moon.
She’s been orderly and efficient her whole career, having served in the Navy and run for public office.
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