Meet the women who run three of NASA's science divisions

By Shannon Sweeney — / Death Wish Coffee Blog

For the first time, 3 out of 4 NASA science divisions run by women 

Every day, scientists are making history in the name of space exploration and research. But back on Earth, NASA is making history, too. 

For the first time in NASA's history, three out of four science divisions at the agency are run by women. They include the Earth Science, Heliophysics, and Planetary Science divisions.

“We have an extraordinary group of women responsible for the success of dozens of NASA space missions and research programs, revealing new insights about our planet, Sun and solar system,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters, in a press release. “They are inspiring the next generation of women to become leaders in space exploration as we move forward to put the first woman on the Moon.”

When the next car-sized rover lands on Mars in 2020, it'll be lead by Lori Glaze, the leader of the Planetary Science division.

“It’s the most diverse group of people I’ve ever worked with and it’s the kind of place where you feel like everyone’s ideas are being heard; and really moving along and advancing our understanding in how we want to go about doing science at NASA,” Glaze said. “I think it’s a great place to be today.”

Sandra Cauffman, acting director of the Earth Science division, leads the agency’s efforts to understand our planet  – the only one (as of right now) where we know life can survive. 

Nicola Fox, director of the Heliophysics division, leads NASA’s efforts to explore the Sun. Scientists who study heliophysics look at how the Sun impacts our planet and the rest of our solar system, as well as how we can protect astronauts, satellites and robotic missions from harsh radiation. 

All three of these women worked their asses off to get to where they are, and each of their stories are extremely inspiring to women in science — and just women in general. On this week's Science segment of Fueled by Death Show, Jeff introduces us to each of these women and tells us about their journeys. 

Watch the video below from Fueled by Death Show to learn more about these women. 

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