“Raise your hand and volunteer and try new experiences when they come along.” Captain Kay Hire is the epitome of the “We Can Do It!” attitude. From being the first woman in the U.S. military to be assigned to a combat position, the 34th woman to travel in space, she has done it all.

Rosie Riveters’ program participants, ranging in age from five to 14, got the amazing opportunity to hear from and ask questions of former NASA astronaut and Captain in the U.S. Navy Reserve, Kay Hire. Captain Kay shared all kinds of amazing insights with our participants. Ranging from what she liked to do in her “free time” in space to how to send your name to the moon!

We could not be more excited to share our Rosie Talks interview with this incredible woman. For more information on some of the awesome resources Captain Kay Hire shared during her presentation, check out the resources below.

A big thank you to the AstraFemina organization for connecting us with Captain Hire!

Resources Recommended by Captain Kay

Resource 1

NASA’s Artemis 1: Fly your name around the moon! 

Artemis I will be the first uncrewed flight test of the Space Launch System rocket and the Orion spacecraft. The flight paves the way toward landing the first woman and the first person of color on the Moon!

Add your name here to have it included on a flash drive that will fly aboard Artemis I.

Resource 2

NASA’s Virtual Guest Program 

Since 2020, NASA has invited you, the public, to be virtual guests at launches and milestone events. As a virtual guest, you have access to curated resources, schedule changes, and mission specific information straight to your inbox. Following each activity, guests are sent a stamp for your virtual guest passport! Over 450,000 virtual guests have participated so far, will you be our guest?

Resource 3

NASA’s Spot the (Space) Station

Watch the International Space Station pass overhead from several thousand worldwide locations. It is the third brightest object in the sky and easy to spot if you know when to look up.