NASA’s longest serving female employee since January 1958, Sue Finley, has been an engineer and programmer for space missions since Explorer 1, for missions to the Moon, Sun, all the planets and many other solar system bodies, and recipient of NASA’s Exceptional Public Service Medal.

Susan G. Finley

Susan G. Finley, a native Californian, has been an employee of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) since January 1958, making her the longest-serving woman in NASA. Two days before Explorer 1 was launched, Finley began her career with the laboratory as a human computer, calculating rocket launch trajectories by hand. She now serves as a subsystem engineer for NASA’s Deep Space Network (DSN). At JPL, she has participated in the exploration of the Moon, the Sun, all the planets, and other bodies in the Solar System.

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In 1955, Susan Finley began studying art and architecture at Scripps College, in Claremont, California, with the intention of becoming an architect. Her knowledge of engineering was vast… Continue Reading (11 minute read)

13 thoughts on “NASA’s longest serving female employee since January 1958, Sue Finley, has been an engineer and programmer for space missions since Explorer 1, for missions to the Moon, Sun, all the planets and many other solar system bodies, and recipient of NASA’s Exceptional Public Service Medal.”

  1. JasBC

    I hope NASA’s reconsidered sending people into the Sun.

  2. fdguarino

    She is an employee of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which is operated by California Institute of Technology. Most of JPL’s staff are actually employees of Caltech and are NASA contractors.

  3. speedycat2014

    > A subsystem refers to a smaller system within a larger one, thus her position requires her to focus on more specific aspects of the technologies she works with at JPL.

    I mean, I love ya Wikipedia, but this is one of the dumbest sentences I’ve read in a long time.

  4. SnooWoofers2634

    Imagine the bragging rights working at NASA. I don’t think I would leave a job like that either. You’ve pretty much plateaued in the job world, even the janitors

  5. proKOanalyzer

    She’s a mystery. No-one knows what year she’s born

  6. Fean2616

    I mean that is a lot of knowledge and experience that they will lose at some point.

  7. JunkFace

    If they specified woman there are presumably employees who have been there longer???

  8. resident151

    Imagine… the stories she has!

  9. Cyrano_Nose

    I wonder what she thinks of Apple’s series For All Mankind?

    Which I, who does not work for Nasa, am greatly enjoying.

  10. TheDudeAbides30425

    Her dedication to space is out of this world.

  11. SingularityCentral

    Still working at the age of 84? Mein Gott! Don’t people retire anymore?

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