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Women In Space at the Science Museum

23 Oct 15  | Engineering
London’s Science Museum welcomes three of space science’s leading ladies tonight for a discussion on ‘Women in Space’

Tonight the Science Museum welcomes three prominent women from the male-dominated space-science sector to discuss the critical role women play in space science, as well as their own singular experiences in the field.  

French cosmonaut Claudie Haigneré, the UK Space Agency’s Libby Jackson and the comedian, writer and radio presenter Helen Keen will gather this evening at the Science Museum to discuss such questions as the future of gender equality in space programmes, and the likelihood of the first human to set foot on Mars being a woman. 

'A bird cannot fly with one wing only. Human space flight cannot develop any further without the active participation of women' –Valentina Tereshkova 

Tickets for this talk are being sold alongside discounted tickets for the Science Museum’s current space exhibition: ‘Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age’.

The exhibition explores Russia’s journey from the dream of space travel to the reality: from launching the world’s first artificial satellite – Sputnik – in 1957, to sending the first human into space four years later, and beyond.

The exhibition will feature the ‘most significant collection of Russian spacecraft and artefacts ever to be shown in the UK’, including Vostok 6, the capsule flown by Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space; Voskhod 1, the capsule used on the first mission to carry more than one crew member; the LK-3 Lunar Lander, a single cosmonaut craft built to compete with the Apollo program; and a collection of gadgets that cosmonauts – not to mention their pioneering space-going dogs – need to live in space, such as a shower, toilet, medical instruments and survival kits for crash landings. 


Exploring the historical, cultural and spiritual context or Russian space travel, particularly as shaped by the turbulence of the early decades of the twentieth century, the exhibition also presents poignant testimonies and memorabilia from ‘some of the biggest names in spaceflight’, and offers the opportunity to discover the ‘deeply personal stories of the pioneers who kick-started the space age’.

Popular physicist Brian Cox asserts that visitors ‘will leave the Cosmonauts with a different view of humanity’s place in the cosmos’.

Tickets for tonight’s talk are still available, so if you want the chance to ask some of space science’s leading ladies your burning questions, get to their website and book yours!

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