The Women of Voyager

Ask an Expert Live

July 18, 2018 | 12:30pm
Presented Online

In 1977, NASA launched two Voyager spacecraft to explore the outer solar system, visiting Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. Voyager helped to launch the careers of several talented women who went on to have distinguished careers in planetary science.

In this week's Ask an Expert on Facebook Live, join space history curator Matthew Shindell and special guest Heidi Hammel for a discussion of the major scientific achievements of the Voyager mission and the women who contributed to the mission’s success.

Today, Hammel is one of the most influential planetary scientists in the world. In 1989, she was a freshly minted Ph.D. in her first post as a member of the Voyager 2 imaging team, participating in the spacecraft’s encounter with Neptune.

Tune in on our  Facebook page. 

Attending in person? Join us in the Exploring the Planets gallery.


Every Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. we will go live on the National Air and Space Museum Facebook page with an Ask an Expert talk. We’ll select a different aviation or space topic each week, and a Museum staff member will discuss the history, stories, or personalities related to a specific artifact or exhibition in the Museum. Tune in on Facebook Live each week to join the talk and ask our experts questions.