JoAnn Morgan was the first female engineer at National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) at John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC). She faced adversity throughout her career because she was a woman in a “man’s world.” Nevertheless, she was the only woman in the firing room during the July 15, 1969, launch of Apollo 11. She persevered and climbed the ranks at NASA to become the first woman to serve as a senior executive at KSC.
She mentored many women and men throughout her career including senior NASA executives, astronauts, and even two of LSC’s project leaders! She is very deserving to be recognized this way! Be sure to watch CNN Films Apollo 11 when it airs on Sunday June 23, at 9 p.m., EDT. And in the meantime, check out this CNN article and video clip describing Ms. Morgan’s experiences as a trailblazer at NASA in the 1960s. Enjoy!
P.S. If you’re interested in all the Apollo TV specials click this link: https://www.nalfl.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Apollo-TV-Specials.pdf to view a downloadable PDF listing all the specials.