Stanford Women in Space

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The term "astronaut" derives from the Greek words meaning "space sailor," and refers to all who have been launched as crew-members aboard NASA spacecraft bound for orbit and beyond. In the 50-year history of the NASA space program, only 45 of the 525 astronauts have been women. Seven of these women have degrees from Stanford – a truly impressive record from a single school.  

The first US woman in space, the late Sally Ride, took all of her degrees at Stanford, from B.S. to PhD. Eileen Collins, the first woman to serve as a Shuttle commander, is a Stanford graduate. The first African-American woman in space, Mae Jemison; and the first Hispanic woman, Ellen Ochoa, are both from Stanford. Barbara Morgan, a Stanford alumna, trained with the Challenger space shuttle crew as backup to Teacher in Space Christa McAuliffe, and later became an astronaut, serving on the space shuttle Endeavor on a mission to the International Space Station. 

Please join us for a truly extraordinary evening with Eileen Collins, Barbara Morgan, and Ellen Ochoa as they discuss their experiences in space with Stanford professor Scott Hubbard, former Director of NASA’s Ames Research Center.


Eileen Collins, MS ’86, First woman to serve as a shuttle commander

Barbara Morgan, A.B. '73, First teacher to become an astronaut

Ellen Ochoa, MS ’81, PHD ’85, First Hispanic woman in space


Scott Hubbard, Former Director, NASA Ames Research Center


Monday, February 11, 2013. 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Cubberley Auditorium (School of Education)
Stanford Historical Society, Continuing Studies
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Free and open to the public

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