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Women@NASA Features Ames Employees
March 12, 2012

The Women@NASA website includes a stunning collection of videos and essays from women across the agency who contribute to NASA's mission in many different ways. Their stories illuminate the vibrant community of dedicated women employees who play a vital role at the agency. You'll hear stories of women overcoming almost every obstacle imaginable to pursue their dreams and make a difference in the world. For more inspirational stories of women at NASA, visit the website: http://women.nasa.gov/

Newly featured Ames Women@NASA include:

Rhonda Baker knew at an early age she wanted to work for the federal government. She just wasn't sure in what capacity. She had a great deal of admiration and respect for the such occupations since many members of her family served in the military and worked as civil servants. Read more: http://women.nasa.gov/rhonda-baker/

For Misty Davies, it was all about making the world a better place. She grew up wanting to be a veterinarian, a writer, a mother, and a scientist. Read more: http://women.nasa.gov/misty-davies/

For Karen Gundy-Burlet, Walter Cronkite's broadcasts of the Apollo moon missions were particularly inspirational. The thrill of watching the moon landings and excursions extended her interest in aircraft to the aerospace field and a desire to work for NASA. Read more: http://women.nasa.gov/karen-gundy-burlet/

Pamela Marcum's journey to becoming a NASA scientist began in a rural coal-mining community in eastern Kentucky. A public school system weak in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) curriculum, and a lack of mentors to provide career guidance resulted in her path being everything but a well-chartered course to a pre-defined destination. Read more: http://women.nasa.gov/pamela-marcum/

For Corazon Millena, NASA was an ocean away since she was born in the Philippines. Her family immigrated to the U.S. in 1975 to San Jose, Calif., where she immediately secured a job as a customer service representative at J. C. Penny Co. Read more: http://women.nasa.gov/corazon-millena/

These women join previously featured Ames Women@NASA:

For Sharmila Bhattacharya, success is not measured by medals or money, but by seeing her experiments flown in space, a dream of flight fueled by her father, a pilot, who told her that being a girl would not deter her from earning a pilot's license or from being "absolutely anything she wanted to be …" Read more: http://women.nasa.gov/sharmila-bhattacharya-2/

Jennifer Heldmann studies recent water on Mars through spacecraft data analysis, numerical modeling, and fieldwork in Mars-analog environments. Perhaps more exciting for her personally are her studies into the moon, with "a focus on improving our understanding of the lunar poles." Read more: http://women.nasa.gov/jennifer-heldman/

While Neil Armstrong was taking his first steps on the surface of the moon, a 6-year-old girl named Huy Tran was climbing a tree. She wanted to climb high enough to watch the historical event unfold through a part in the palm roof of someone else's home in Vietnam, and she achieved that goal. Read more: http://women.nasa.gov/huy-tran/

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