Space: The final frontier. These are the voyages of Women@NASA. Its mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man (or woman) has gone before. Also: To create a program that recognizes the successes of the crazy smart female scientists and engineers who work at NASA. According to Mamta Nagaraja, the head of the program, the number of female supervisors at the space agency has increased by nearly 60 percent over the last decade. Nagaraja also notes that today, 20 percent of NASA engineers are female, which is a 76 percent increase since the early ’90s.
The site features pictures and profiles of the women at NASA, and includes live video of them talking about their careers and a ton of background bio information on what inspired them to pursue space studies (“the opportunity to explore Mars for signs of life,” “as a five-year old she stood in her grand parents’ backyard in India and watched Sputnik go by overhead”). Women@NASA also promotes a program called “Aspire 2 Inspire,” which aims to motivate adolescent girls to explore education and careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.
Go check out the site, read up on the women that are exploring infinity and beyond and try to get the theme song for Space Jam out of your head, now that I’ve purposefully implanted it there (“Wave your hands in the air if you feel fine! We’re gonna take it into overtime! Welcome to the Space Jam! Here’s your chance, do your dance at the Space Jam! Alright!”)
Featured image via Women@NASA (Amy Bower)