Inspirational women

Bethany Downer at European Space Agency's (ESA) ESTEC, The Netherlands

Meet A Rocket Woman: Bethany Downer, Scientist-Astronaut Candidate, Project POSSUM

At 24-years-old, Bethany Downer is on the road to achieving her dreams in space. She has recently become the first scientist-astronaut candidate from Newfoundland, Canada through Project POSSUM, with upcoming training including high-G aerobatic flight training, similar to the forces astronauts experience during rocket liftoff and re-entry to Earth, and was invited to lunch with her excellency Julie Payette, the …

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Dr. Chiara Mingarelli [Image: Flatiron Institute]

Meet A Rocket Woman: Dr. Chiara Mingarelli, Astrophysicist, Flatiron Institute

Rocket Women are thrilled to feature astrophysicist and trailblazing role model Dr.Chiara Mingarelli. Chiara tells Rocket Women about how she was inspired as a child by Eve Curie’s biography of her mother, Marie Curie, the importance of supporting those marginalized in STEM and giving a talk to Jeff Bezos at the Amazon MARS event! Tell me about your …

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Kristen Facciol, Robotics Flight Controller, Canadian Space Agency (CSA)

Celebrating International Women’s Day 2018 – Meet A Rocket Woman: Kristen Facciol, Robotics Flight Controller, Canadian Space Agency (CSA)

Happy International Women’s Day 2018! On International Women’s Day, Rocket Women are celebrating the achievements of trailblazing women in space! This week we’re featuring Canadian Space Agency (CSA) Robotics Flight Controller Kristen Facciol! Growing up in Canada, Kristen was inspired by the achievements of Canadian astronauts Roberta Bondar and Julie Payette and always hoped that she could be …

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Canadian Space Agency - Girls In Science (Copyright: Canadian Space Agency (CSA)

UN International Day of Women & Girls In Science 2018: Inspiring The Next Generation

It’s The International Day of Women and Girls in Science! The possibilities of careers in space are endless! What are YOU going to be? For an overview: https://t.co/utzrEBGJIU. pic.twitter.com/83rQx4vfQP — CanadianSpaceAgency (@csa_asc) February 11, 2018 The 11th of February marks the United Nations International Day of Women In Science, a day celebrating the achievements of trailblazing …

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Alyssa Carson, 16, Future Astronaut

Meet The Next Generation of Rocket Women: Alyssa Carson,16, Future Astronaut

Alyssa Carson is a regular teenager, except alongside impressively taking her classes at school in four languages (English, French, Spanish, Chinese), she’s training to become an astronaut and travel to Mars. Alyssa is the youngest person to graduate from the Advanced Space Academy and the first person to complete every NASA space camp in the world! …

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Dr. Niamh Shaw

Meet A Rocket Woman: Niamh Shaw, Space Communicator, Artist & Engineer

Dr. Niamh Shaw has dreamt of becoming an astronaut since she was a child and is actively making steps towards achieving her goal. She tells Rocket Women about realising that her passion involved combining science and the arts, ultimately leading her to create international theatre shows and outreach to ensure that the public are brought along and …

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Olga Stelmakh-Drescher

Meet A Rocket Woman: Olga Stelmakh-Drescher, Director of Business Development and International Affairs

Through a highly successful 14-year career in the space industry, Dr. Olga Stelmakh-Drescher has lived and worked on multiple continents. Olga is impressively fluent in 5 languages, with experience in Europe at the European Space Agency and the German Aerospace Center, before relocating to North America, living and working in Montreal, Canada. She has most recently been …

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Sarah Kendrew

Meet A Rocket Woman: Sarah Kendrew, Instrument and Calibration Scientist, European Space Agency (ESA)

Based in Baltimore (USA), Sarah Kendrew works for the European Space Agency as an Astronomer. She tells Rocket Women how strong female mentorship and inspiration from the sports world has allowed her to achieve success. Tell me about your journey to the space industry and to where you are now? I currently work as an Instrument …

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Kim Kowal Arcand (Image credit: Brittanny Taylor)

Meet A Rocket Woman: Kim Kowal Arcand, Science Visualization Lead, NASA’s Chandra X-Ray Observatory & Author

  As the Visualization Lead for NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory observatory, Kim Kowal Arcand transforms data into stories to communicate about the Universe. With an impressive background, combining an undergraduate education in molecular biology, and a graduate degree in computer science from Harvard University, Kim talks to Rocket Women about the wonders of NASA’s Chandra Observatory and her crucial role, …

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Natalie Gogins working in NASA Mission Control Center at the CRONUS Console

Meet The NASA Rocket Women That Kept The Space Station Flying During Hurricane Harvey: Part 4

In a special four-part feature Rocket Women are highlighting the untold stories of the dedicated Orbit1 team. NASA’s Orbit1 team remained in Mission Control at NASA Johnson Space Center to tirelessly battle Hurricane Harvey, keeping the space station flying and the astronauts safe onboard. These amazing individuals slept in Mission Control for days through the hurricane, maintaining communication and support from the ground to the …

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