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#1 iamlost


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Posted Today, 09:49 AM

While we here at Cre8 have justifiably decried the lack of women in webdev and IT specifically, science and business generally, especially in authoritative positions, there is occasionally a reason to celebrate.

NASA recently announced the 5-finalists for Future Key Planetary Mission(s). Four are led by women.

Deep Atmosphere Venus Investigation of Noble gases, Chemistry, and Imaging (DAVINCI)
DAVINCI would study the chemical composition of Venus’ atmosphere during a 63-minute descent. It would answer scientific questions that have been considered high priorities for many years, such as whether there are volcanoes active today on the surface of Venus and how the surface interacts with the atmosphere of the planet. Lori Glaze of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, is the principal investigator. Goddard would manage the project.

Lori S Glaze , Deputy Director, Solar System Exploration Division

The Venus Emissivity, Radio Science, InSAR, Topography, and Spectroscopy mission (VERITAS)
VERITAS would produce global, high-resolution topography and imaging of Venus’ surface and produce the first maps of deformation and global surface composition. Suzanne Smrekar of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California is the principal investigator. JPL would manage the project.

Suzanne Smrekar, Deputy Principal Investigator, InSight

Psyche would explore the origin of planetary cores by studying the metallic asteroid Psyche. This asteroid is likely the survivor of a violent hit-and-run with another object that stripped off the outer, rocky layers of a protoplanet. Linda Elkins-Tanton of Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona is the principal investigator. JPL would manage the project.

Lindy Elkins-Tanton, Foundation Professor, and Director of SESE

Near Earth Object Camera (NEOCam)
NEOCAM would discover ten times more near-Earth objects than all NEOs discovered to date. It would also begin to characterize them. Amy Mainzer of JPL is the principal investigator, and JPL would manage the project.

Amy Mainzer, NEOWISE Principal Investigator

and the guy with the very old school web page...

Lucy would perform the first reconnaissance of the Jupiter Trojan asteroids, objects thought to hold vital clues to deciphering the history of the solar system. Harold Levison of the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado is the principal investigator. Goddard would manage the project.

Harold F. Levison, Institute Scientist

There are women in tech and the sciences and they are doing great things. We just need to celebrate them so that younger women can see that it is possible. Very possible.


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