Astronauts Assemble in London

Anushka Sharma
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3 min readApr 22, 2022


Coming up on the first May Bank Holiday next month London’s Science Museum will welcome six celebrated astronauts and a ground-breaking NASA engineer for a special panel discussion.

The pioneering panellists will take part in a unique discussion ‘SPACE FLIGHT — THE NEXT GENERATION’ about working in space travel, sharing their inspiring stories and fascinating careers. The event will also celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 16 mission, which was when panellist Charlie Duke became the youngest person to walk on the moon.

The speakers will explore how we might work towards a J.E.D.I. (Just, Equitable, Diverse, and Inclusive) space, and ask the questions: How does inclusivity in space create new frontiers for inclusivity back on earth and most importantly how can we inspire future generations to take an active role in STEM and space exploration?

Naaut founder

celebrates this special gathering:

“I am delighted to discover that this epic event is taking place at London’s iconic Science Museum. It was the place that inspired me to dream about a career in the Space sector growing up in London at a time when access to a career in the space sector felt like a pipe dream. I am chuffed to bits that the event is free of charge, it’s a truly unique way to spend your May bank holiday.

I encourage you to take your little ones so they too can experience the magic of meeting not one but many Astronauts who represent the diversity of the space sector with astronauts from NASA, JAXA — the Japanese Space Agency, they’ll get to hear from South Korea’s first and only astronaut so far as well as history-making Dr Sian Proctor who piloted SpaceX’s first civilian orbital mission Inspiration4.”

Check out the incredible lineup


Charlie Duke is a former astronaut, United States Air Force officer and test pilot. As lunar module pilot of Apollo 16 in 1972, he became the tenth and youngest person to walk on the Moon.


Nicole Stott is a veteran NASA astronaut with two spaceflights and 104 days living and working in space. Founder of the Space for Art Foundation and author of ‘Back to Earth: What Life In Space Taught Me About Our Home Planet — And Our Mission To Protect It’.


Commander Susan Kilrain is a renowned astronaut, distinguished navy test pilot and aerospace engineer. The youngest person, and one of only three women to pilot a space shuttle. She has flown more than 3,000 flight hours in over 30 different aircraft.


Dr. Sian Proctor is a geoscientist, explorer, space artist, and astronaut. She is the mission pilot for the Inspiration4 all-civilian orbital mission to space. She also works as a space artist and is an activist for inclusive space travel.


Dr. Soyeon Yi is South Korea’s first and only astronaut. The experiments she conducted during her 11-day mission at the International Space Station (ISS) were widely followed by South Korea’s science media. Dr Yi is passionate about nurturing leaders in STEM and speaks worldwide including as a lecturer at the University of Washington.


Naoko Yamazaki is a former astronaut with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Flight engineer and NASA mission specialist. She has devoted herself to space education as a president of Young Astronaut Club Japan and chairperson of ‘Sorajo’ (women in aerospace)


Poppy Northcutt is a rocket scientist, lawyer, and women’s rights activist. The first female engineer to work in NASA’s mission control.

Event Details


  • DATE: Monday 2 May 2022
  • TIME: 14.30–15.45 (Doors 14.00)



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