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Dr. Wernher von Braun explains the Saturn Launch System to President John F. Kennedy. NASA Deputy Administrator Robert Seamans is to the left of von Braun. | "Blue Sky Metropolis: A Space Odyssey"
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A Space Odyssey

The triumphant and tragic Space Race unfolds in first-hand accounts of those who pioneered the technology and built the hardware that made possible mankind's greatest achievement. Meanwhile, the military-industrial-complex expands unchecked.
Henrietta Leavitt c. 1898 at about 30 years old | Center for Astrophysics, Harvard & Smithsonian, Photographic Glass Plate Collection
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How One Woman Helped Measure the Universe

At a time when women astronomers were few and most often relegated to working as assistants, Henrietta Swan Leavitt provided the key to solving one of the most significant celestial uncertainties of her time.
The spiral galaxy M100  observed with Hubble's Wide Field Camera 3 | NASA, ESA and Judy Schmidt
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Lost LA

Expanding Knowledge, Expanding Universe: How Mount Wilson Observatory and Hubble Changed Our View of the Universe

The Milky Way, is just one of trillions of galaxies in the universe. Thanks to the Mount Wilson Observatory, Edwin Hubble, and calculations provided by Henrietta Swan Leavitt, we are aware of just how vast space is around us.
Mount Wilson Observatory | Image from "Lost LA" S4 E5: Discovering the Universe
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Lost LA

Discovering the Universe - Exploring the Cosmos Atop Mount Wilson

As recently as a century ago, scientists doubted whether the universe extended beyond our own Milky Way — until astronomer Edwin Hubble, working with the world’s most powerful telescope discovered just how vast the universe is.
Sue Finley making calculations on the board. | Still from “Blue Sky Metropolis” Episode 4
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Blue Sky Metropolis

Sue Finley: Human Computer, Wife and Mother

Sue Finley began working at NASA in 1958, the year President Eisenhower announced its creation. As society changed around her, Finley also navigated the complexities of being a woman with a career, in engineering no less.
Diana Trujillo speaks during the Aspira con NASA/Aspire with NASA Hispanic Heritage Month event on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016 at NASA Headquarters in Washington | Flickr/NASA HQ PHOTO/Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
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Blue Sky Metropolis

Worth the Struggle: Diana Trujillo's Journey from Colombia to NASA

After immigrating from Colombia, Diana Trujillo took the long path to becoming an aerospace engineer at JPL, but for the Colombian aerospace engineer, it was worth it.
From left to right: Rudolph Schott, Apollo Milton Olin Smith, Frank Malina, Ed Forman and Jack Parsons at First Rocket Motor Firing at JPL in 1936. | Flickr/NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory/Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
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Blue Sky Metropolis

How the Bad Boys of Space Exploration Created the Jet Propulsion Lab

Discover the mysterious beginnings of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and its "rocket boys."
Lockheed's B-1 plant during wartime on Victory Place. Note the pedestrian underpass entrance (it's still there, but closed) at left. | Courtesy of Wes Clark
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Blue Sky Metropolis

The Surprising Vestiges of the Aviation Industry in SoCal Neighborhoods

The advent of World War II marked an aviation-industry boom in Southern California. What’s left standing in the neighborhoods we now call home after the rise of aviation giants such as Lockheed, Douglas Aircraft and Northrop may surprise you.
Astronaut Kalpana Chawla, STS-107 mission specialist, prepares to simulate a parachute drop into water during an emergency bailout training session in the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory. | Flickr/NASA Johnson/Creative Commons (CC BY-NC 2.0)​
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A Woman's Place is in Space: Meet Eight Asian American Women Reaching for the Stars

There have been numerous women on the ground who made NASA's journeys possible. The following women are just a fraction of the Asian Americans whose remarkable work continues to impact the investigation of worlds beyond our own.
Women surfboarders form a star as they lie on their huge hollow surfboards on Santa Monica beach | Photo by General Photographic Agency/Getty Images
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How Southern California’s Aerospace Industry Helped Revolutionize Surfing

The aerospace industry and surfboarding have a historic connection through technology, and have worked together to popularize the California Dream across the globe.
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