The first woman in NASA’s Mission Control

Poppy Northcutt was the first woman in NASA’s Mission Control room. She was there for the Apollo 11 mission, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this week. She was also there for Apollo 13, which was aborted after an oxygen tank exploded in space. How does she feel about her place in history?

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Activities

  1. As a class, imagine being inside NASA’s Mission Control room. You get a message from the astronauts that a piece of equipment has exploded mid-flight. Discuss what questions you would ask your astronauts, and what actions you would take.
  2. Research another famous woman who worked at NASA, and write a brief profile about her life and achievements. If you need inspiration, read about the 2016 film Hidden Figures.