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Ed Dwight, Jr. – Test Pilot, Aerospace Engineer and America’s First Black Astronaut Candidate Chosen in 1962 by President Kennedy as America’s first black astronaut candidate; due to racism in the astronaut program, he resigned; now is a world-class sculptor, specializing in sculptures depicting aspects of Black History Ed Dwight, Jr. was a 28-year-old Air…

Celebrating Role Models in Science & Engineering Achievement: Peggy Whitson!

Peggy Whitson — NASA Astronaut and Biochemist We continue to recognize 50 Years of Women in Space with STEM Role Model Peggy Whitson. Peggy Whitson grew up on a farm in Iowa with big dreams of becoming a NASA Astronaut. She was the first female commander of the International Space Station and a veteran of…

Celebrating Role Models in Science & Engineering Achievement: Kalpana Chawla!

Kalpana Chawla — Aerospace Engineer, NASA Astronaut Born in the small town of Karnal, India, she became hooked on flight when she took her first plane ride in a small craft through the local flying club. Kalpana Chawla would later become a certified FAA flight instructor, a talented aerospace engineer, and a NASA astronaut. She…