Women of Apollo
NASA

Countless women were vital to launching the era of “manned spaceflight.” And for half a century, these hidden figures have been overlooked for their role in the Space Age. Now some are getting their due credit.

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Barbara Crawford Johnson: The woman who pointed NASA’s path to the Moon

She joined North American Aviation as an aerospace engineer at a time when few women had engineering degrees. She went on to work on Apollo, Skylab, and the Space Shuttle.

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Meet Ann Maybury: An Apollo engineer who helped build Hubble

Ann Maybury programmed guidance systems for rockets during Mercury and Apollo. Later in life, she also worked on the Hubble Space Telescope.

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Meet the Mercury 13: Women who fought for flight

The Mercury 13 aced the same tests as male astronauts, but decades would pass before “manned” spaceflight would become human spaceflight.

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Katherine Johnson: A hidden figure comes into the limelight

From pre-NASA days to Apollo, the struggles of black women in the early space program were rarely discussed. Until now.

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Poppy Northcutt: The only woman in the Apollo control room

At age 25, Frances Northcutt was vaulted to national fame as the first woman in NASA’s flight control room.

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Reaching For The Stars, Grounded In Tradition

As a space-grant institution, Texas A&M University is contributing research and talent to support NASA's missions to the moon, Mars and beyond.

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