I am a Rocket Woman: NASA Celebrates Centennial

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I have exciting news! NASA is celebrating the centennial anniversary of National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) that was founded in 1915 and it’s merger to NASA in 1958. With 100 years of history NACA/NASA  have changed the world we live in. NASA will be present at EEA Air Venture show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin July 19 – July 26, 2015 with a series of panels that will help commemorate the past while also sharing and discussing future projects. The EEA Air Venture show is the largest air show in the United States. NASA will have an exhibit throughout the week at the new Aviation Gateway Park in Oshkosh. This is going to be an exciting week!

What makes it even more exciting is that I have been invited to take part in the Women Rocket Scientists panel on Friday July 24, 2015, 10 – 11:15 a.m. at Forum Building 9. I will be presenting with renowned women leaders in the space industry including: Susan Baggerman, NASA; Janica Cheney, Orbital ATK; Kathryn Crowe, NASA; Sandra Magnus, Space Shuttle and International Space Station astronaut; Iylene Patino, Boeing; and Julie Van Kleeck, Aerojet Rocketdyne. We will be discussing the women leaders today who are building the human space exploration program of the future for my generation, The Mars Generation™.

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It is beyond an honor to be taking the stage with these women, who are my mentors, my idols and the women who are working alongside their male counterparts to ensure that my generation, The Mars Generation™, will be prepared to take our place in history when our time comes. It takes planning today to make a future tomorrow that will be as bright as possible when we explore Mars, asteroids, the moon and beyond. I am very thankful for the invitation and also thankful to my mother for bringing me down to Oshkosh for the entire week so I can attend many of the other presentations and experience this amazing air show.

I will be sharing updates along the way. Stay tuned and sign up here if you want to make sure you don’t miss anything!

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  1. robert hugar says

    Astronaut Abby, With the : ‘I Am a Rocket Woman celebration in work, isn’t there some kind of
    recognition to bestow on ..’America’s First Female Rocket Scientist,’ by the name of: Mary
    Sherman Morgan? The book: ‘ROCKET GIRL,’ tells about her formulating the propellants
    that provided the (specific impulse) needed to put America’s first satellite: Explorer 1 into
    earth’s orbit in 1958. A fantastic read for every girl (or boy) in the know. The Forward is by
    Ashley Stroupe, PhD, Robotics Engineer at J.P.L., training to drive the MARS rovers.
    Thank you for reading,…..Robert Hugar

  2. Hens Zimmerman says

    I am so proud of you! I just know my daughter will see you step onto the surface of Mars. Thanks for the updates and have a great time in Oshkosh.

  3. George Kasica says

    Am planning on spending Wednesday up there to hear the Apollo-13 presentations. Is there any way for anybody’s to meet you and say congratulations on a job well done and but you a soda or a burger?


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