By Jessica Schimm (Assistant Editor, Women 2.0)
Our conference theme is focused on the future, and really, what’s more futuristic than space? This week we decided to put a little twist on our weekly Female Founders to Watch list and highlighted women who are involved in the space scene. They range from astronauts and aquanauts to astrophysicists and leading space organizations; but they all have one thing in common — they are all working to learn more about the universe.
Gwynne Shotwell (President & COO, Space X)
Shotwell is President of Space X, Elon Musk’s “company that builds rockets and space capsules to resupply the International Space Station for NASA”. She was listed on World’s Most Powerful Women to Watch here on Forbes. Follow her @GwynneShotwell.
Karen Nyberg (Astronaut, NASA)
Nyberg is the “only female member of the International Space Station (ISS) crew.” Her primary job while in orbit is to do scientific research. Follow her @AstroKarenN for awesome updates and pictures she shares from space.
Jane Rigby (Astrophysicist, NASA)
Rigby researches how galaxies and black holes evolve and is helping to build the James Web Space Telescope, according to her blog. She is a user of a number of space observatories, and observatories on Earth. Follow her @janerrigby.
Amber Straughn (Astrophysicist, NASA)
Straughn studies how “stars form in distant galaxies and how those processes change over time.” She also works with the James Web Space Telescope, and like Rigby, also does extensive public speaking. Follow her @astraughnomer.
Sunita Williams (Astronaut, NASA)
Willaims served as a flight engineer on Expedition 14 and while onboard established a world record of spacewalks for females. She has spent a total of 322 days in space. Follow her at @Astro_Suni.
Dorothy Lindenburger (Astronaut, NASA)
Lindenburger has logged more than 362 hours in space and in 2012 she commanded Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) 16, with four other aquanauts in an underwater mission. Follow her at @AstroDot.
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