Cosmonauts, astronauts, and rocket scientists, oh my. Young, wicked smart, and actively involved in inspiring future generations — these are today’s women of space science, and they are literally soaring. Giving back through youth-centered projects and organizations, they’re reaching out and encouraging young girls to seek opportunities in typically male-dominated fields, like science and engineering.
A recent feature by Fast Company highlights the careers of several prominent space scientists, their accomplishments, and their next generation projects. Who are some of these stellar rock stars?
· Rocket scientist Natalie Panek actively works on the European Space Agency’s 2018 ExoMars Rover. In her spare time she’s founded a website/organization called thepanekroom.com where she shares her journey and spotlights women in science and engineering.
· Astronomer Dr. Lucianne Walkowicz currently works on the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, part of a new super observatory. But she’s also a major researcher, astrophysicist, and educator, passionately bringing women into the fold of science.
· Space engineer Vinita Marwaha Madill, a consultant in STEM outreach, is also the founder of Rocket Women, a website focused on women and space.
A message to all girls: keep looking at the sky with curiosity and wonder. And for a small taste of space, check out the The Panek Room and Rocket Women –– both smart and inspiring, just like the women who created them.