Jemison: 'If you want a seat at the table, you can have one'
by Staff Writers
Boulder CO (SPX) Mar 02, 2018
More than 1,200 guests-including bright-eyed elementary schoolers who aspire to be astronauts, inspired mid-career female scientists and fellow Star Trek fans-filed into Macky Auditorium Tuesday night for a sold-out address by former NASA astronaut Mae Jemison, the first woman of color to go into space.
Her takeaway message: The challenges of space exploration mirror the challenges faced in the world today, and we all have a part to play in its success.
"Space isn't just for rocket scientists and billionaires," Jemison said. "We have to figure out how to make it accessible."
Before flying on the Space Shuttle Endeavor in 1992, Jemison graduated from Stanford and Cornell universities, worked as a physician and served as a Peace Corps medical officer in West Africa. At 61, she is now principal of the 100 Year Starship, a U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) -funded project working to make human travel beyond the solar system a reality in the next century.
A talented dancer and the first real astronaut to appear on Star Trek, Jemison shared moments from her childhood in Chicago and addressed issues of leadership, inclusion and innovation as part of the Leo Hill Leadership Speaker Series.
Future space exploration will be fundamentally different than the current model, she said, and will require all of the same elements-energy, food, medical care, even clothing-needed to sustain life on Earth. Achieving audacious goals in space demands the intelligence of a diverse array of contributors, not just a chosen few, she said.
She also visited with about 50 CU Boulder students Wednesday morning, urging them to cultivate broad, diverse interests and to learn from one another.
"No matter how talented and multifaceted you are, you're not going to be able to do it by yourself," Jemison said.
Here's a look at what audience members asked Jemison during her visit, and how she responded:
What were the greatest challenges you faced on your way to being an astronaut?
When did you become interested in space and why?
What does it feel like in space?
What advice do you have for a woman considering a job transition?
There is a perception that space is becoming privatized and that only the wealthy have access. What can be done about that?
Aerospace introduces new Senior Advisory Council for space policy
El Segundo CA (SPX) Feb 28, 2018
The Aerospace Corporation has established a new Senior Advisory Council for its Center for Space Policy and Strategy. These seven distinguished members will bring their deep insight and experience from across the space enterprise to Aerospace. "The addition of the council further strengthens the center as a critical resource to our customers and the entire space community," said Steve Isakowitz, Aerospace president and CEO. "We're excited about the support and guidance it will provide as part of o ... read more
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