A photo of Martha Graham dancing
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Yousuf Karsh, Martha Graham, 1948 © Yousuf Karsh, Gift of Estrellita Karsh in memory of Yousuf Karsh. National Portrait Gallery

John H. Glenn Lecture in Space History: Women of Apollo

Meet the women who ascended through glass ceilings during the Apollo program

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo missions to the Moon, the 2019 John H. Glenn Lecture in Space History will feature three outstanding women of that era whose work was essential to those remarkable achievements. Although in plain view in photos and among their peers, these women until recently have been relatively overlooked in public perceptions of the masculine nature of spaceflight in the 1960s and 70s:
Aerospace engineer JoAnn Hardin Morgan, who worked in Launch Control at Kennedy Space Center,
Engineer and “computer” Frances “Poppy” Northcutt, who worked in Mission Control in Houston, and
Medical researcher Dr. Carolyn Leach Huntoon, who worked at Johnson Space Center
These women were the first, and for some time the only, women in such leading roles during the audacious effort to send Americans to the Moon and bring them safely home. Apollo launched their careers, and was only the beginning.

Ellen Stofan, the John and Adrienne Mars Director of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, will moderate a lively discussion among these trailblazing women and the audience to offer new perspectives on women’s history in the early U.S. space program.

Tickets are free and must be requested in advance.

*To request an ASL interpreter, please email NASMPublicLectures@si.edu. We recommend that you submit your request for this event by August 29, 2019.*


After Five, Celebrations, Lectures & Discussions


Air and Space Museum


Air and Space Museum

Event Location

Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater


Free, tickets required