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It’s been 50 years since the Apollo 11 mission sent Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins to the moon, fulfilling the dreams of many star-gazing scientists and civilians alike. The New York Times ran coverage this Sunday honoring the historical event, and sci-fi authors Mary Robinette Kowal and Ken Liu contributed columns reflecting on space travel and its place in shaping American culture and history, past, present, and future.
Kowal, author of The Calculating Stars, focused on the history of women in NASA’s space program in her essay “In Space Unisex Won’t Fly.” Kowal has delved into women’s involvement with space travel in her Lady Astronaut series, and frequently mentions in her essay how women were behind-the-scenes for NASA, but rarely at the center of the action. There are various points in NASA history where women could have been a part of the program, but ...