Tune in on the 1st and 15th of every month to meet some of the women paving the way into new frontiers at NASA's Jet Propulsion LabORATORY. Learn about their roads to JPL, the missions they are working on, and hear the advice they would give to a young girl today, anywhere in the world, WHOSE DREAM IS TO DarE Mighty Things.
PREVIEW: Sue Finley
Breaking ground for women as one of the original “human computers” in 1958, Sue has been at JPL virtually since the beginning of the space program. Today she is a test engineer for JPL's Deep Space Network.
EPISODE 1: Tracy Drain
Tracy's mother was a relatively low-income earner in Louisville, Kentucky who shared her love of learning and her curiosity about space. With her ongoing support and encouragement, Tracy became the first person in her immediate family to go to college. Today she is exploring Jupiter.
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WELCOME TO WOMEN@JPL.
Looking today at photos of the early moon missions, one of the most noticeable features of the control room is the scarcity of women. Seeing those images today makes us appreciate the brilliant women who have played critical roles in space exploration all the more, from the "human computers" of the 1950s to the female engineers at the forefront today.
JPL has long been the beneficiary of the work of bright, inspired women. Today they work side by side with the men on the missions to chart new paths into the unexplored realms of our universe.
We have selected 14 women out of many at JPL to exemplify how far we have come. They come from a variety of backgrounds and different parts of the world, but they hold certain qualities in common: a sense of wonder about the night sky and the secrets it holds, a determination to push themselves beyond the boundaries of the "norm," and more.
We are so proud of the Women@JPL. We hope you are as inspired by their stories as we are.
DIRECTOR, ASTRONOMY AND PHYSICS, JPL
ASSOCIATE CHIEF SCIENTIST, JPL