In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA and the aerospace industry acknowledge a challenge as greater numbers of women emerge eager to participate in the nation’s exploratory pursuits. NASA offers software assurances and shares a small lunar lander concept as it strives to accelerate a human return to the surface of the Moon in 2024. The European Space Agency (ESA) evaluates a role in a planetary defense mission demonstration.
Human Space Exploration
At NASA, 2019 was the year of the woman, yet women still are a big minority at the space agencyCoalition Members in the News: Aerojet Rocketdyne, Boeing, Lockheed MartinWashington Post (11/26): Despite some milestones this year, among them the first all-woman spacewalk, NASA and the U.S. aerospace industry have been slow overall to place women on a par with their largely white male counterparts, according to an agency survey and findings by others who follow aerospace closely. Women still struggle to get a foothold in the industry and often find themselves the only women in meetings dominated by men. Or being asked to fetch coffee.
How NASA upended internal processes to prepare for its next lunar missionFederal Times (11/26): NASA’s Independent Verification and Validation Program has turned ...