In Episode 42, Quinn & Brian ask: What happens when you’re almost an astronaut... and what comes next?
Our guest is Dr. Sian Proctor, an explorer, scientist, full-time professor, STEM communicator, and almost as astronaut. Today she joins the show to tell us how we can all help get more women and more people of color into space, one way or another. If you didn’t know – and we weren’t sure – being a white, male military pilot isn’t the only way to get to space! You can be exposed to radiation and get super powers, become an (evil?) genius who starts their own electric car and space flight companies, or become a college-educated engineer, biologist, physical scientist, computer scientist, or mathematician.
So we’re still out, but that’s still a pretty wide range of qualifications.
Dr. Proctor was so much fun to talk to and so inspirational, and this episode will serve as the booster shot you need to not give up on your dreams (even if your dream is to be the best antivaxxer out there because, like most vaccines, it’s completely safe for you and your children). It’s basically like watching The Greatest Showman over and over and over again, but in about an hour and with less singing.
Trump’s Book Club:
A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
Want to be an astronaut too? Check out astronauts.nasa.gov/content/broch00.htm
Scared of space but still want to be an astronaut? Check out analogastronaut.com
Watch Dr. Proctor on Strange Evidence: sciencechannel.com/tv-shows/strange-evidence/
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