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To celebrate Smithsonian Magazine’s annual Museum Day and emphasize the importance of diversity and inclusion in STEM, we co-created a Mixed Reality experience with Microsoft and Dr. Mae Jemison, the first woman of color to go to space.
Installed on the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Defying Gravity: Women in Space shares some of the critical contributions women have made to the US space program.
We worked closely with Dr. Jemison to tell her story, as well as those of previously unsung women, like the Mercury 13, the so-called Harvard Computers, Katherine Johnson, and Dr. Patricia Cowings.
Dr. Jemison was filmed within Microsoft’s Mixed Reality Capture Studio in order to turn her into a holographic guide for the experience, immersing visitors in her journey to space.
Visitors to the Intrepid don the HoloLens to experience Defying Gravity, allowing them to explore the Space Shuttle Enterprise and these remarkable women in a unique and engaging way.