Frontiers in Air & Space

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Ontology Tags

Classes Workforce: Reshaping the Workforce – Gender | STEM Research & Applications: Engineering Our World – STEM at Your Job | Space Exploration: Life in Space – Humans in Space | Societies: Uncovering Social Issues – Gender Issues

Goals Challenging Problems: Physical World – Space Exploration | CTEs & Disciplines: Aerospace Engineering


Many women dream of careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Those dreams have come true for some at NASA. Have you always wanted to work for NASA? Today there are more opportunities than ever before to join us as we reach for the stars.

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NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)

So You Want to be an Astronaut?

So how do you get there, and what can you do to make it possible? These are some of the steps you can take to better prepare yourself as you enter college. They just happen to be some of the same types of things many JPL scientists and engineers did before starting their college careers that led them to a job with NASA.

Meet JPL Interns

Hear stories from interns pushing the boundaries of space exploration and science at the leading center for robotic exploration of the solar system, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Women at JPL

This site features stories of the remarkable women at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory who are pushing the boundaries of human knowledge as they explore the unknown. Leaders in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and beyond, these inspirational women have achieved great successes and at times faced challenging odds to become the role models they are today.


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Fight & Flight: One Woman’s Fearless Journey to the Stars

Nagin Cox, now 53, is celebrating 25 years since first walking through the gates of JPL. Since her first day in 1993, she has written the acronym IWWTWTF in the top right-hand corner of every notebook. It stands for I was willing to wash the floors—a reminder of just how badly she wanted to work at NASA.


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NASA STEM Engagement

Women in STEM: Reflecting on the Past, Present and Future

NASA has had a long history of celebrating the trailblazing women who have contributed to our rich history, culture and technological advancements. Women in STEM have, and continue to, play a critical role in how we explore the universe and what it has to offer. Let’s take a moment to look back on the women who make up the past, present and future at NASA.


In a space agency filled with trailblazers, Sally K. Ride was a pioneer of a different sort. The soft-spoken California physicist broke the gender barrier 29 years ago when she launched aboard space shuttle Challenger’s STS-7 mission on June 18, 1983 to become America’s first woman in space. She was certainly a pillar of Women@NASA, learn more about Sally’s career and other Women@NASA.

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