Museum of Flight “Space Exploration Pioneers” Featured in 10th Annual “Women Fly!” Event March 4-5

Career education event for young women March 4, public lecture March 5

SEATTLE – March 4-5 marks the return of Women Fly!, The Museum of Flight’s annual Women’s History Month event for young women interested in aviation and aerospace careers. This year, with a theme of Space Exploration Pioneers, the event features three women who have been on the forefront of space professions from the beginning of the space program to the current exploration of Mars–legendary pilot Wally Funk, Cosmonaut Elena Kondakova and NASA Mars rover engineer Z. Nagin Cox.
Funk, Kondakova and Nagin will participate in the Women Fly! networking session on March 4, and in a panel presentation at the Museum on March 5 at 2 p.m. The March 5 program is open to the public and is free with admission to the Museum. The March 4 events are open to young women ages 13 to 19 with prior registration. Registration information is available e-mail
Women Fly! – Space Exploration Pioneers Featured Speakers
Wally Funk
Legendary commercial pilot and flight instructor. One of the “Mercury 13” women who passed the same tests as the NASA Mercury astronauts in the early 1960s.
Cosmonaut Elena Kondakova
The first woman to perform a long-duration spaceflight (169 days aboard the Russian Mir space station) and the first woman to fly on both the Russian Soyuz spacecraft and NASA’s space shuttle.
Z. Nagin Cox
The Assistant Flight System Engineer with NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover program.
Women Fly! Career Education Event – March 4
On Friday, March 4, more than 100 young women ages 13 to 19 will participate in a day of motivational and career-oriented activities that will allow them to meet and learn from professional women working in a variety of flight-related careers. Volunteering their time are over 30 women professionals: airport operators, pilots, air traffic controllers and engineers in all disciplines. The day’s activities include tours of King County International Airport/Boeing Field, Museum education programs, simulated flights, aircraft tours, workshops, college/career fair, and networking with the panel. 
Highlighting the activities is an international panel of women aerospace professionals sharing their exciting experiences in aviation, spaceflight and the exploration of Mars. Participants will be able to meet the panelists during a networking session that follows the presentation.
Women Fly! Career Education Event Schedule
8:30 a.m.  Registration
9-9:10 a.m.  Welcome Address
9:20-10:10 a.m. First workshop-scenario-based activities and career explorations including airport tours, simulated flights, interactive demonstrations and more.
10:20-11:10 a.m.  Second workshop.
11:20 a.m.-12:10 p.m. Panel discussion: “Space Exploration Pioneers”
12:15-2:00 p.m. Networking and Lunch  
For information about the Women Fly! event, participants may call (206) 768-7141 or e-mail [email protected]

The Museum of Flight is located at 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle, Exit 158 off Interstate 5 on Boeing Field half-way between downtown Seattle and Sea-Tac Airport. The Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $16 for adults, $14 for seniors 65 and older, $13 for active military, $9 for youth 5 to 17, and free for children under 5. Group rates are available. Admission on the first Thursday of the month is free from 5 to 9 p.m. courtesy of Wells Fargo. For general Museum information, please call 206-764-5720 or visit

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