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11 Facts About Donna Shirley, the First Woman to Manage a NASA Program

11 Facts About Donna Shirley, the First Woman to Manage a NASA Program

Donna Shirley made space history in the 1990s as the first woman to manage a NASA program. Donna Shirley was inspired by sci-fi novelists Ray Bradbury and Arthur C. Clarke. At age 16, Donna Shirley became a licensed pilot. Donna Shirley clashed with Mars Pathfinder project manager Tony Spear. Donna Shirley has received a whole galaxy’s worth of honors.

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