National American Indian Heritage Month
Fact: Brilliant mathematician, Space Race trailblazer, first female and only American Indian engineer at Lockheed Aircraft Corporation, Mary Golda Ross was a pioneer of America’s early quest for the stars. In addition to her aviation innovations, she contributed critically to the nation's space exploration endeavors. She was an author of the NASA Planetary Flight Handbook, analyzed trajectory data for Mars fly-by missions and worked on development of the Agena rockets. Her determination and accomplishments paved the way for future generations of American Indians and women and to succeed in science, technology, engineering and math careers.