NASA astronaut dies at 76 – .

211 Mary Cleave was a NASA astronaut who went to space twice on Space Shuttle Atlantis in the 1980s. Mary Cleave’s legacy Cleave had a background in science and worked in academia before joining NASA. She worked at Utah State University’s Utah Water Research Laboratory for almost a decade before learning that NASA was seeking… Continue reading NASA astronaut dies at 76 – .

NASA mathematician dies at 99 – .

146 Evelyn Boyd Granville was a mathematician who worked with NASA to help safely send some of the first astronauts into space.  Evelyn Boyd Granville’s legacy  Granville studied mathematics at Smith College in the 1940s before graduating from Yale in 1949 as the second Black woman in the U.S. to receive a doctorate in mathematics.… Continue reading NASA mathematician dies at 99 – .

NASA Mars mission director dies at 77 – .

53 Firouz Naderi was a scientist with NASA who led several missions to Mars.  Firouz Naderi’s legacy  Naderi was a native of Iran who came to the U.S. to attend college and receive his doctorate. After returning to Iran for a few years, he returned to the U.S. in 1979 after his home country’s revolution,… Continue reading NASA Mars mission director dies at 77 – .

Walter Cunningham (1932–2023), NASA astronaut on Apollo 7

Walter Cunningham was a NASA astronaut who flew to space on Apollo 7. NASA and beyond Cunningham joined the U.S. Navy in 1951, and after undergoing flight training, he became a fighter pilot in the U.S. Marine Corps. He remained in the Marine Corps Reserve until 1975, though he ended his active duty in 1956 and… Continue reading Walter Cunningham (1932–2023), NASA astronaut on Apollo 7