Hands on activities and talk with NASA Scientist on Aug 8th


Nova Enrichment Academy is hosting NASA scientist, Mrs. Victoria Friedensen, to engage children with some hands-on activities and later deliver a key note address discussing
“The Importance of STEM in Tomorrow’s Job Market” at our facility.

This is a free event, but capacity is limited to 50 (including adults and children). RSVP will be required and first fifty guests will be admitted.  


Date: August 8th, 2015 (Saturday)
Time: 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Venue: Nova Enrichment Academy 2nd Location
Ahrens National Recreational & Park Association Institute Auditorium
22377 Belmont Ridge Road
Ashburn VA 20148



About Mrs. Friedendsen
Victoria Pidgeon Friedensen
Program Executive
Advanced Exploration Systems
Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate
NASA Headquarters

Victoria Friedensen is the Robotic Precursor Mission Manager for NASA’s Human Exploration program. She is responsible for a diverse portfolio of flight system and instrument development projects, research and analysis efforts, and mission concept studies that will provide critical data and knowledge on potential destinations for human missions. Victoria’s portfolio currently includes one instrument operating on the surface of Mars, and three missions in planning – another Mars mission, a lunar mission, and a mission to Phobos, one of Mars’ moons. Victoria’s credits include finding water on the Moon and the first measurements of the radiation environment on Mars. She coordinates on collaborative projects between planetary science and exploration, manages the budgets, and generally works to ensure that NASA has the information it needs –when it needs it – about any potential human destination.

In developing science missions to aid exploration, Victoria’s work is cross-cutting and cross-cultural. She is an anthropologist by education and finds working among – and between – diverse communities very inspiring. Her technical expertise is in risk management and risk perception: this background has led Victoria to working on such diverse projects as development of space nuclear power systems, robotic lunar missions to address key knowledge gaps that would enable sustainable human exploration, and most recently, the design of the first human mission to an asteroid. Victoria enjoys the challenges of the learning curve – and is energized when she needs to quickly learn about the technical aspects of any new project.

Born one year before NASA, Victoria is a ‘space-brat’ and true child of the Apollo era. Her father worked for NASA and then in the aerospace industry for his whole working life. Victoria worked for NASA off and on during her career, finally becoming a civil servant in 2004. Prior to coming to NASA, she was a Program Director at the National Academy of Engineering in Washington DC with responsibility for a program to increase the diversity of the engineering workforce. Victoria is married and is Mom-StepMom to five wonderful kids, and one grandchild.