The International Women’s Air & Space Museum (IWASM) will host Dinner with a Slice of History featuring a special presentation by award-winning author and former NASA flight controller Marianne Dyson about her experiences as one of the few women in Mission Control during the early Space Shuttle Program. Dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m., with the program beginning shortly thereafter. The cost for this event is $15 for IWASM members and $17 for non-members. The museum is located inside Burke Lakefront Airport 1501 N. Marginal Rd. Cleveland, OH 44114. Those interested in attending can RSVP by calling (216) 623-1111 or online at www.iwasm.org. Seating will be limited.
Marianne Dyson, a native of Canton, Ohio, went to Ohio University then transferred to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she earned a degree cum laude in physics in 1977. She attended graduate school at Rice University and landed a job with NASA the year they hired the first women astronauts. She was fortunate to become one of the first female flight controllers, responsible for developing crew procedures for the early Space Shuttle flights.
After Dyson left NASA to raise her children, she began sharing her passion for space through writing and speaking. Dyson’s children’s books have won top awards, and her latest, “Welcome to Mars,” coauthored with Buzz Aldrin for National Geographic, was named a 2016 Outstanding Trade Book by the National Science Teachers Association. This book and her new Space Shuttle memoir, “A Passion for Space: Adventures of a Pioneering Female NASA Flight Controller,” will be available for purchase at the event with proceeds benefiting the museum.
The International Women’s Air & Space Museum is located in the terminal of Burke Lakefront Airport, only seconds from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and the Great Lakes Science Center. The mission of IWASM is to preserve the history of women in aviation and space and to document their continuing contributions today and in the future. In 1986 the museum opened in Centerville, Ohio. IWASM was welcomed to the City of Cleveland, Ohio in 1998, where you will find their home at Burke Lakefront Airport. Exhibits are in the lobby at Burke, as well as the west concourse, and are accessible seven days a week. For additional information please visit www.iwasm.org.