Standford Women in Space, 11 February 2013 California


An event combining gender and space! Definitely worthy of a shout out…








Standford Women in Space


  • 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

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.

This program is cosponsored by Stanford Continuing Studies and the Stanford Historical Society.

Monday, February 11, 2013.  7:30 PM. Approximate duration of 1.50 hour(s).
Cemex Auditorium, Knight Management Center (PLEASE NOTE VENUE CHANGE) (Map)
Stanford Historical Society, Continuing Studies
650-725-3332 [email protected]
Free and open to the public
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Dr Jill Stuart is an academic based at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is an expert in the politics, ethics and law of outer space exploration and exploitation. She is a frequent presence in the global media (print, radio, television, documentary) and regularly gives lectures around the world. From 2013-2017 she was Editor in Chief of the Elsevier journal Space Policy where she remains on the Editorial Board. She is also on the Board of Advisors of METI International, conducting scientific research into messaging potential extraterrestrial intelligence. She is one of an elite number of people to be endorsed by the UK Home Office as an Exceptional Talent Migrant/ World Leader in her Field. In 2015 she was awarded the prestigious Margaret Mead Award Lecture by the British Science Association in recognition of her cutting edge research. She is trained in both domestic and international mediation and has done consultancy work for the International Criminal Court and the International Court of Justice. She has a sub-specialism in women, peace and security and gender based violence. She is a Trustee of Luton All Women’s Centre.


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