10th May 2023

Live from Nasa: Rocket Women

The Cambridge Festival looks to space with a live discussion with NASA Astronaut Kayla Barron.

Kayla Barron is a NASA astronaut supporting 24/7 operations on the International Space Station (ISS) and preparing for NASA’s Artemis missions, which will soon be heading back to the moon for the first time since 1972. It will be the first time a woman walks on the moon, and Kayla is among those hoping to make history. Last year she returned from six months on the ISS where she and her crew conducted hundreds of scientific investigations covering a wide range of disciplines.

A hugely engaging speaker, Kayla will was in conversation from Houston with Cambridge astronomer Dr Matt Bothwell about all things space. Kayla has strong ties with Cambridge where she did her master’s in Engineering as a Gates Cambridge Scholar.

Dr Matt Bothwell is a public astronomer at Cambridge University’s Institute of Astronomy and an accomplished author. Kayla talks about her journey from Cambridge to space, from how she trained for life outside gravity to what it’s like to see the Earth from outer space and live beyond the clouds. Kayla was beaming in live from Houston and Dr Bothwell was live in Cambridge.

To watch more events and discussions from this years Cambridge Festival please visit: https://www.youtube.com/@CambridgeFestival

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