Note: This post originally appeared on the Women in Astronomy website. You can find the full article here.
July 24, 2019: July 2019 marked the 50th anniversary of the return of Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins, after a historic mission that saw Neil and Buzz on the lunar surface for about 3 hours. In mid-1969, there were about 100 women, including 16 engineers, serving in top positions at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. But thousands of other women around the country also supported the Apollo program, before, during, and after 1969. Many of them were interviewed as part of the 50th anniversary, and their stories have appeared in various news outlets. For easy reference, I collected a list of names and posted them here. The list is by no means exhaustive, and if you have more women to add, I encourage you do do so.
As we go forward to the Moon with Artemis, including the first women landing on the lunar surface by 2024 and onward to Mars, women around the world will continue to leave indelible marks on the Moon and throughout the solar system.