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Fri, June 15 2018

Bessie Coleman: Barnstorming Through Barriers

While Bessie Coleman never realized her dream of opening a flight school for African American pilots, her legacy as the first African American woman to earn a pilot’s license has impacted and inspired flight students for decades.

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Bessie Coleman
Sat, May 26 2018

Looking Closer at Sally Ride’s Flight Jacket

How the patches on Sally Ride’s flight jacket help tell her groundbreaking story of spaceflight.

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Dr. Sally Ride During Deorbit Preparations
Fri, May 18 2018

Turning “She Can” into “She Will”

The National Air and Space Museum's She Can STEM Summer Camp will offer middle school girls from low-income households a glimpse at the exciting opportunities that aerospace has to offer.

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Student Uses Flight Simulator
Sun, April 15 2018

Making History Aboard Discovery 

Twenty-five years ago today, astronaut Ellen Ochoa, and the crew of the STS-56 Discovery, returned to Earth after a nine-day mission. Ochoa made history as the first Hispanic woman in space.

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Making History Aboard Discovery 

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Astronaut Ellen Ochoa, STS-96 mission specialist
Fri, April 13 2018

Women Breaking Barriers in the Royal Air Force

Two women of the Royal Air Force share their experiences in the military. 

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Royal Air Force Flt. Lt. Sarah Cole
Mon, April 9 2018

The Woman Who Got Real Food to Space

The woman who changed space food from “cubes and tubes” into the Apollo program’s astronaut-ready meals.

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Rita Rapp with Apollo Astronauts Ron Evans, Eugene Cernan, and Harrison “Jack” Schmitt
Thu, March 29 2018

Pioneering Women in Cryptology

A guest post from the National Cryptologic Museum shares the story of two pioneering women cryptologists.

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Cryptologists Genevieve Grotjan and Agnes Driscoll
Tue, March 27 2018

The Aerobatics of the Extra 260

Have you ever seen an airplane perform an inverted ribbon cut? You can “see” it at the Museum in DC (and online) in the form of Patty Wagstaff’s Extra 260 aircraft.

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Extra 260
Fri, March 23 2018

WWII Women Cracking the Code

A guest post from the National Cryptologic Museum explores women code breakers' top-secret work during World War II.

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Navy WAVE working on US Navy Cryptanalytic Bombe
Thu, March 15 2018

Coding Brings Mars Data Down to Earth

When NASA’s Curiosity rover uses its robotic arm to snap a selfie on the surface of Mars, how does that picture get back to Earth? It’s thanks to programmers like Melody Ho.

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Programmer Melody Ho inside mission control at the NASA JPL

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