Summer of Discovery: Week 8 - Women in Spaceflight

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - 10:00am to Saturday, July 27, 2013 - 5:00pm

Beginning Tuesday, June 4, the Space Foundation Discovery Center will be open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for the Summer of Discovery! Each week will focus on a specific theme, culminating with a full day of special activities and events planned for each Saturday. Bring your family and friends and join in the fun - we've brought Space down to Earth for all to enjoy!

Women in Spaceflight

Hundreds have made the journey into space. Do you know how many women are amongst the privileged travelers?

Join us for Women in Spaceflight and gain a new appreciation of the outstanding contribution women have made to human space flight - from Russian cosmonauts Valentina Tereshkova and Svetlana Savitskaya to American astronauts Eileen Collins and Sally Ride - the list will leave you inspired.

Tuesday, July 23

FREE Space Shuttle Pen to first 50 visitors!

Former NASA Astronaut Kathryn C. Thornton, Ph.D.
Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
University of Virginia

Presentations at:

  • 11:00 a.m.
  • 2:00 p.m.
  • 4:00 p.m.*

*specifically for girls and young women who are interested in pursuing careers in the space industry

Light refreshments will be served.

Autographs will be given throughout the day on Tuesday

About Thornton
A veteran of four space flights (STS-33 in 1989, STS-49 in 1992, STS-61 in 1993 and STS-73 in 1995), Thornton has logged more than 975 hours in space, including more than 21 hours of extravehicular activity. She will talk about her career leading up to NASA, her Space Shuttle missions and her endeavors since that time, followed by a question and answer session.

Wednesday, July 24

FREE Inflatable Globe to first 50 visitors!

Presentation: "Women in Military Satellite Operations"
10:30 a.m.

  • Lt. Col. Jennifer K. Reeves, USAF
  • Capt. Beverly P. Fulgencio, USAF
  • Capt. Kristina Stewart, USAF
  • Capt. Gail M. Smicklas, USAF
  • SMSgt. Christine L. Wall, USAF
  • SSgt. Cherish M. Dempsey, USAF
  • 2Lt Sara E. Holman, USAF

Hear from representatives of the 50th Space Wing, Schriever AFB, Colo., who will speak about the 50th Space Wing's capabilities and the roles women play in multiple squadrons, including 24-hour satellite tracking, telemetry and commanding functions, providing global warfighters with precision, navigation and timing, and protected communications and space situational awareness.

Light refreshments will be served.

Friday, July 26

FREE NASA Drawstring Backpack to first 100 visitors!


Saturday, July 27

  • FREE 3D Space Sticker Book & 3D Glasses to first 100 children!
  • Egg-Straordinary Mars Lander Workshop (RSVP requested - see description and times below)
  • Moon Walk Bounce House
  • Stomp Rockets - optional: bring one 2-liter bottle to recycle and one 2-liter bottle to launch your stomp rocket
  • Face-Painting with Jubilee Creations (1:30 - 3:30 p.m.)
  • Interactive Touch & Learn Activities
  • FOOD TRUCK! Bite Me Gourmet Sausage Food Truck
  • Presentations (RSVP requested - see descriptions and times below)

11:00 a.m.
Presentation: "Why Space?"
Hear Tobey's perspectives and insights about why we go to space, what makes it unique and difficult and why space is the ultimate frontier.

Kathryn G. Tobey
Vice President, Military Support Programs, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company

About Tobey
Kathryn (Kathy) Tobey is Vice President, Military Support Programs (MSP), Space Systems Company for Lockheed Martin Corporation. She is responsible for the total cost, schedule and technical performance of the $600M/year satellite development and production program employing a 700 person workforce and management of 180 suppliers. Recently, the next system was successfully launched providing the nation with necessary mission critical upgrades.

3:00 - 4:00 p.m. (seating and sign-in to begin at 2:45)

Panel Presentation: "Women in Space...Our Future"

The panel discussion will focus on college and work experiences to prepare for a career in space, what it’s like to work in the space industry, mentorships, etc. The target audience (ages 16+) is soon to be and early career women, junior and senior college students, recent graduates, and the like. A networking reception with refreshments will follow the conclusion of the panel.

Panelists include:

  • Erica Lieb, information systems, business development, ITT Exelis
  • Deborah L. McCarty, vice president, space programs, Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Gen. Jane C. Rohr, mobilization assistant to the Commander, Air Force Space Command
  • Catherine J. Steele, vice president, strategic space operations, The Aerospace Corporation

Egg-straordinary Mars Lander Workshop

On Saturday, July 27, come see why engineers have so much fun at work! How do you land a delicate item such as a camera on a planet such as Mars? Small teams will design and build a "lander" for a raw egg out of random materials provided in their assembly kits (paper clips, packing peanuts, cardboard tubes, construction paper, foil, Dixie cups, pipe cleaners, toothpicks, stir straws, cotton balls, paper bags, sandwich bags, bubble wrap, crayons, scotch tape, etc.). Teams will then get to test their landers by dropping them from a 10' height onto a simulated Mars surface, with the goal of having the egg survive with the least amount of damage. The sessions will be divided up according to age as follows:

12:30 p.m.  - ages 8 and younger
2:00 p.m. - ages 9 to 12
3:30 p.m. - ages 13 and up

Seating is limited...

Please RSVP using the blue buttons above for any or all of the above presentations or the Mars Lander workshop by July 22. By RSVPing, you are helping us to ensure that we have sufficient supplies on-hand for activities and workshops. Thank you!


*Events and activities for all weeks are subject to change without notice.

More details about all 10 weeks of Summer of Discovery at


Daily Admission Rates

(effective June 4 - August 10, 2013)

Adults $9
Seniors (65+) $7
College Students (Student ID) $7
Children* (4-17) $3
Children* (3 and under) FREE 
Military (Military ID) FREE 
Colorado Springs Together Card Holders FREE

*Children 17 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult

Space Foundation Discovery Center, 4425 Arrowswest Dr., Colorado Springs, Colo.