gurls in space


Rowdy Asteroids: Alessondra Springmann Regional Winner at FameLab LPSC 


This follows on from the Public Service announcement we recently posted featuring Whoopi Goldberg and Helen Hayes. Here’s another one from June Lockhart - famous for her 1970s role in Lost in Space!

#beautiful teen gurl voices in an empty space (x)

listen. i wanna thank rave sashayed for this tag. we don’t know each other (i think i sent her an ask calling her a beautiful genius once? still true) but i just really wanted to bring it to people’s attention

one direction’s never gonna be the same. i’m more tears than human right now. i’m gonna be sad about this for a long while. and while i’m not a teen gurl anymore, i was when i started loving one direction, like so many of you. and in that time they have brought me immeasurable joy and happiness in really dark times. and now all of the sudden they kind of feel like one of those dark times.

but we are all still here, the lot of us, beautiful teen gurls and gorgeous adult women and all those in between. and even though zayn’s gone….this thing we love can still i exist if we want it to, if we let it. it will never be the same, i’m not even going to pretend that it might…..but all i know is when i saw one direction for the first time this past summer what made me cry was not the boys (although they were beautiful and wonderful and i had the best time)….what made me cry was when i stopped screaming long enough to hear 236,000 (i just checked that bc it seemed too big….but it’s real) beautiful fans of 1d singing along to the songs that had helped them through everything. i cried and i laughed and it was one of the best nights of my life.

zayn’s gone, but we can still feel the power of all of us yelling the lyrics at the same time

We wanted to take a moment to feature some amazing work by the scientist and scientific illustrator Maria Sibylla Merian. Merian was born in 1647, well before the space age, but she was a pretty amazing explorer in her time. Had there been a mission to Mars back then… she probably would’ve volunteered.

Instead, in 1699 she and her daughter took off together for Suriname.  Merian used her skills to document the fantastic natural world she saw there. Of special now is her careful observations of metamorphosis in butterflies. Her adventurous spirit and excellent work opened the eyes of Europeans to a world that was quite alien to them, and she is now recognized as a pioneer in the field of entomology (the study of insects).

Studying the biosphere of Earth is an important aspect of astrobiology at NASA. Earth is the only example of a habitable planet that we know of, and studying the biosphere and its connections to our planet can help us determine life’s future on Earth and the potential for life on other worlds.

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When Sabrina Thompson was heading to college, one of her high school teachers told her that a mechanical engineering degree would be too hard for her. She took that as a challenge… and in the end, she proved him wrong. Today, Thompson is based at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.


From the inner city to NASA's Directives and Regulatory Manager. Nannette Jennings shows how hard work and dedication lead to good things. The path she followed to her current career, including participation in NASA's Continuing Education Program (CEP), also shows why it’s so important for organizations like NASA to invest in education and outreach.

“Because I didn’t see college in my future, I never imagined I would eventually obtain a degree. Nor did I ever imagine that I would be placed in a position to manage an agency program…” - Nanette Jennings


“I’m living proof, and I’m here to tell you that what doesn’t kill you will only make you stronger.” - Loria West, budget information top-level financial reports for Marshall Space Flight Center senior executive staff.

When Loria was 9 years old, she was paralyzed from the waist down in a car accident that instantly killed both of her parents. In 1995, she came to NASA to work for the Space Shuttle Program. Truly inspirational.

“Move forward. Just do what has to be done.” - Loria West

From the archives: Astrobiology Magazine talks to Margarita Marinova, a researcher on the Pavilion Lake Research Project and pilot of one of the DeepWorker submarines used to explore strange ‘microbialite’ structures in the depths of the lake.

Margarita Marinova, a planetary scientist at the NASA Ames Research Center. One of her primary areas of interest lies in understanding the distribution pattern of different types of microbialites in the lake, and the environmental factors that control that pattern.

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Check out this wonderful FameLab talk by Kennda Lynch from the 2013 regional competition at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in Houston.
How to Get Girls to Choose, and Stick With, STEM Careers
This is a really interesting article from Slate discussing how to narrow the gender gap in STEM industries.

When Ashley Gavin wants to convince girls to start computer science or coding careers, she shows them her high-school report card. Biology: F. Math: straight Ds. An MIT computer science major who now writes the curriculum for the non-profit Girls Who Code, Gavin never even took calculus. But after a…


Anyone excited for a mission to Titan? The Planetary Lake lander is in its second year of funding from the Astrobiology Program. In this video, Dr. Nathalie Cabrol explains how updates to software and sensors will change to prototype robot. 


Christine Belcastro was in awe of the accomplishments of Apollo… but it never entered her mind that she could grow up and work for NASA. 

“When you’re a child and you’re watching something like this, and you see only white males performing the work, it somehow doesn’t even enter into your consciousness that that is something that you yourself could do.”

Today, Belcastro has a career at nasa and saves lives with her aviation safety research. It was a college counselor who helped guide her to becoming an electrical engineer at the Langley Research Center.