Female Space Science Heroes Featured in New Interactive Application

Now anyone can virtually "meet" women who have blazed trails in space and related science fields in a new app released on 4/29/20 through a collaboration between the Smithsonian and NASA. The new project, "Reach Across the Stars: A Universe of Explorers," is a free augmented reality (AR) app that can be used on most AR-compatible tablets and smart phones. This app will allow users to explore the universe and unlock the often-overlooked stories of women and their contributions to space exploration and science.

Women are featured in short "stories" (one to two minutes) and longer "journeys" (five to eight minutes). Some of the women in the stories of this new app include computer scientist Grace Hopper, astronomer Nancy Roman, mathematician Katherine Johnson, physicist and chemist Marie Curie and astronauts Mae Jemison and Sally Ride. This project is not only about women, it is created exclusively by women. In addition to Arcand, the team includes creative technologist Sasha Samochina, deputy manager of the Ops Lab at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory; filmmaker and technologist Mandy Mandelstein; and designer Kristin DiVona and videographer April Jubett, both of the Chandra X-ray Center (CXC).

The app is available for free and can be downloaded in major app stores and from https://chandra.si.edu/women/ar/.

For more information see:  https://www.nasa.gov/centers/marshall/home/index.html.

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