Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock is a Nigerian-British space scientist and science communicator. She's worked in academia and industry, and she's on BBC Two right now, talking about the origins of space exploration in "In Orbit: How Satellites Rule...". Catch it on iPlayer if you're not watching it now!

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([personal profile] nanila Oct. 19th, 2011 11:47 am)
Kalpana Chawla became the first Indian-born woman in space in 1997 on her first mission aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia. She was an aerospace engineer, pilot, flight instructor and general technical wizard.

Kalpana Chawla died on 1 February 2003 along with her six crewmates when the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated on re-entry.

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([personal profile] nanila Oct. 17th, 2011 10:27 am)
This week’s theme was inspired by my attendance at the Royal Aeronautical Society’s Women in Aviation & Aerospace conference last Friday. Inaugurating Female Astronauts week is Ellen Lauri Ochoa, an engineer and inventor who is now Deputy Director of the Johnson Space Centre. She became the first Hispanic woman in space on a Discovery shuttle mission in 1993 and she holds multiple patents for novel optical inspection systems.

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