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40th Anniversary of Women in Space Panel

Jun 15, 2023 - Jun 16, 2023 IMAX and DEBUS Conference Facility

Did you know Sally Ride was the first American woman in space? Her mission was in 1983 and Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex celebrates the 40th Anniversary of American Women in Space this summer! During this Women in Space Panel, hear from female trailblazers about their journey to space and how they helped change the workplace. The panel begins at 11:00 AM inside our IMAX theater and will last approximately 40 minutes. Then, the group is invited to head to the conference facility on the lower level of Heroes and Legends for a photo opportunity. The event will be moderated by Lisa Malone, former Director of Public Affairs for NASA, Kennedy Space Center (KSC).


Confirmed Panelists:

  • June 15
    • Former NASA astronauts Anna Fisher & Kathy Thornton
    • Caley Burke - Flight Design (Trajectory) Analysis; NASA's Launch Services Program
    • Colonel Erin R. Gulden - Senior Materiel Leader, Launch Execution National Security Space Launch, U.S. Space Force
    • Kelly DeFazio - Program Director of Transition and KSC Site Director for the Lockheed Martin Spacecraft Orion
    • Kimberlyn B. Carter - Associate Program Manager, Exploration Ground Systems (EGS); NASA's Kennedy Space Center
  • June 16
    • Former NASA astronauts Anna Fisher & Kathy Thornton
    • Vanessa Wyche - Director; Johnson Space Center (JSC)
    • Noelle Zietsman - Vice President and Chief Engineer; Boeing Exploration Systems (BES)
    • Nancy Cuty - Partnership Development Manager (PDM) NASA Kennedy Center Planning (AD)

The Women in Space Panel is included with admission, so be sure to add it to your day!



Looking for a more personalized experience? Check out our Afternoon Tea, an add-on special event available in addition to admission. 

Women in Space Pin Logo with background of women who have contributed to our exploration of space

40th Anniversary of Women in Space Panel