• Don Beyer
  • Screengrab from Chris Hadfield music video for his cover of David Bowie's Space Oddity. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaOC9danxNo

    Chris Hadfield

    Retired astronaut Chris Hadfield

  • FrancescaChambers

    Francesca Chambers

    White House Correspondent, Daily Mail    

  • siddhartha-mukherjee

    Siddhartha Mukherjee

    Author, The Gene  

  • Donna Harris

    Donna Harris

    Co-CEO, 1776

  • Susan Cain

    Susan Cain

    Author, Quiet, The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking    

  • Tom Voss

    Tom Voss

    Tom Voss, Iraqi war veteran

  • Juan Carlos Lopez

    Juan Carlos Lopez

    Anchor and correspondent for CNN en español

  • Nathalia Holt

    Nathalia Holt

    Nathalia Holt, author of Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars, unpacks the history of women at the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab and their contribution to the space program. Female engineers were hired as “human computers” to develop early military technology in the 1940s, she […]

Nathalia Holt

Nathalia Holt

Nathalia Holt, author of Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars, unpacks the history of women at the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab and their contribution to the space program.

Female engineers were hired as “human computers” to develop early military technology in the 1940s, she says.

“These women did the math in the lab and were in the control room” tracking the path of America’s first satellite, Holt explains. They were “doing it all by hand, sitting at a light table with pencil and paper..and everyone in the room was waiting to [hear] if the mission was a success or not.”

 

 

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