POWW! Dr. Claudia J. Alexander

A POWerful Woman who I wish I’d known personally. 

Claudia Alexander

Dr. Claudia Alexander was a research space scientist and worked with NASA, most recently on the Rosetta Mission–a probe to study and land on the comet that looked like a barbell: 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. In 2003, she was the project manager for the Galileo Mission when it was deliberately crashed into Jupiter. Then there was the time she researched plate tectonics for the US Geological Survey, and Jovian moons for the Ames Research Center…and her experiences as a scientist go on and on.

However, Claudia was more than a scientist. She made it her goal to inspire girls to seek careers in science, math, and technology. She wrote children’s books and science fiction for older children. During graduate school, she stayed grounded by going horseback riding every Sunday.

She was only 56 years old when she died on July 11, 2015.

For much more eloquent write-ups of this amazing woman, click the links below.

http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/people/profile.cfm?Code=AlexanderC

http://www.thespacereview.com/article/2798/1

http://astronomy.fm/2015/07/12/in-memoriam-claudia-j-alexander-1959-2015-ph-d/

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