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Hidden Figures No More! Heroines of Space Science Past, Present, and Future

Friday, June 2, 2017
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Hidden Figures revealed hidden heroines in the history of space science. Through their curiosity, tenacity, and courage, these women helped send rockets into space and solve the mysteries of planets, stars, galaxies, and beyond. Join this exciting conversation with scientists, astronauts, and other luminaries who broke down barriers in a male-dominated discipline, as they reflect on the many pivotal but unsung figures of space science, assess the cutting-edge of space exploration initiatives across the globe, and envision the essential role for women in the coming era of discovery.

This program is supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation as part of its Public Understanding of Science and Technology Program.


Lynn SherrBroadcast Journalist, Author

Award-winning broadcaster and author Lynn Sherr spent more than thirty years with ABC News, covering a wide range of stories—from women’s issues and social change to investigative reports, politics and the space program—at 20/20 and World News.

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Yvonne CagleAstronaut

Dr. Yvonne Cagle is a NASA Astronaut and Physician. In 2008, she retired as a Colonel in the USAF where she served as a Senior Flight Surgeon prior to her selection to the NASA Astronaut Corp in 1996.

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Cassie Kloberdanz LeeEngineer

Cassie Lee is the Director of Aerospace at Vulcan, Inc. where she leads the development of innovative space solutions in support of Paul G. Allen’s philanthropic initiatives.

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Lesa RoeDeputy Administrator (Acting) and Deputy Associate Administrator

Lesa Roe is the Acting Deputy Administrator and Deputy Associate Administrator at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC.

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Ellen StofanPlanetary Geologist

Dr. Ellen Stofan is the John and Adrienne Mars Director of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. She comes to the Museum with more than 25 years of experience in space administration and planetary science. Dr. Stofan was previously Chief Scientist at NASA.

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