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The Partnership for Community Action will host a special meet-and-greet with Orion Spacecraft Project Senior Engineer and trans activist Christine Bland, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 7, at the Salida Regional Library. This event is free and open to the public.

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Bland is an aerospace electrical engineer, artist, and photographer. For more than 30 years she has worked for Lockheed Martin, designing electronics for NASA spacecraft including the Spitzer telescope, Phoenix Mars lander, Mars rovers (Spirit and Opportunity), Mars orbiters (Grail, Juno, Odyssey and Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter), and deep space probes (Stardust and Genesis).

Since 2009, Bland has led the development of electronic hardware for NASA’s Orion spacecraft, designed to take humans farther into space than ever before. Bland is also a keen advocate for diversity and inclusion in education and STEM for trans people, with the National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals naming her the LGBTQ Engineer of the Year in 2014.

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