NASA began empowering female scientists and engineers more than 20 years before Women’s History Month became an official national celebration.
Several of the most notable female scientists and engineers in the 20th century put their skills to work on missions at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Their work significantly influenced study in their fields and at NASA.
Women who stand out from the list include Nancy Grace Roman, widely acknowledged to be the mother of Hubble Space Telescope; Marjorie Townsend, an engineer and the first woman in the U.S. space program to manage a mission; and Joanne Simpson, the first American woman to earn a doctorate in meteorology, who developed the theory, now verified, of “hot towers” within cloud systems.
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