Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex celebrates women space pioneers

Wednesday, 24 May, 2023 0

Florida’s Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is kicking off a series of events to celebrate 40 years since the first American woman explored space.

It will host panel discussions and exclusive afternoon tea events, Thursday, June 15 and Friday, June 16.

“Women have played an integral role in furthering the mission of space exploration and discovery,” said Therrin Protze, COO.

“Forty years after Sally Ride, NASA is preparing to land the first woman and first person of color on the Moon as part of the Artemis missions.”

Sally Ride inspired countless women and girls to pursue their dreams.”


Women in Space Panel, June 15 & June 16 – 11 a.m.

Guests are invited to join trailblazing, veteran astronauts and space industry leaders for a Women in Space Panel in the IMAX Theater:

June 15: features veteran astronauts Anna Fisher and Kathy Thornton with Caley Burke, flight design analyst, NASA’s Launch Services Program.

June 16:  featuring veteran astronauts Anna Fisher and Kay Hire, Noelle Zietsman, chief engineer for Boeing Exploration Systems and Nancy Cuty, partnership development manager, NASA KSC Center Planning.

The astronauts and panelists will share their personal accounts of the space program and how they helped to advance the industry.


Women in Space Afternoon Tea, June 15 & 16 – 3:30 p.m.

The visitor complex will host a special, separately priced Women in Space Afternoon Tea with select panel participants each afternoon inside chat with an astronaut..

During the tea, guests will enjoy hors d’oeuvres, tea and champagne as space pioneers share their experiences with the audience in a small-group setting.

Following the presentation, guests are invited to ask questions before a photo op.

The Women in Space Panel and Women in Space Afternoon Tea are just two of several events planned throughout the summer to celebrate women in space.

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