Johnson Space Center
When it comes to writing about female astronauts, our coverage here at The Mary Sue tends to be somewhat Sunita Williams-centric. (She's awesome, OK?) But here's another lady astronaut you should know: Dr. Ellen Ochoa, who this month becomes the second female and first Hispanic director of NASA's Johnson Space Center. She was also the first Latina in space, if you need more impressing. Oh, and she's also a classical flutist. That instrument was the bane of my existence in the fourth grade, so anyone who can play it without passing out gets my respect, even without also being an awesome astronaut.
The warp drive that powered the Enterprise and enabled the ship to travel faster than the speed of light may not be a flight of fancy, says a NASA physicist. A design for a similar drive was proposed by Mexican physicist Miguel Alcubierre almost 20 years ago, but its energy consumption would have been outlandish, rendering it impractical. However, Harold White at the the Johnson Space Center has made some tweaks to the original design that he thinks could move faster than light travel from fiction to science. No, it doesn't involve dilithium crystals. Yeah, we're disappointed about that too.