Astronaut and STEM TV Host Inspire K-12

by Kate Repantis on November 4, 2014 · 0 comments

in Engineering, Events, Science, Space

At last week’s Xploring Space Twitter Chat, Emily Calandrelli SM’13 and Astronaut Cady Coleman ’83 tweeted about space, life at MIT, and inspiring more young women to enter STEM fields.

The two alumnae met while Calandrelli, host of Xploring Outer Space, was filming an episode on astronaut training at the Johnson Space Center. They even shared a ride on the Zero G “Vomit Comet”.

Coleman has spent more than 180 days in space and participated in three missions. As the host and technical curator of Xploring Outer Space, Calandrelli highlights research on Mars, space travel, and astronaut life in the weekly television show.

From the Infinite Corridor to Hollywood
The chat started off with Calandrelli sharing how Xploration is attempting to inspire K-12 and her path from MIT to host of the weekly show.

Flying in Space: Tweets from an Astronaut
Coleman advised actress Sandra Bullock on her performance as an astronaut for the 2013 movie Gravity. She shared some of the tips she gave to Bullock, and Calandrelli joined in with their experience riding the Zero G shuttle.

Coleman also shared why she grew her hair out before her missions.


Inspiring K-12 in STEM
Both alumnae discussed the state of women in STEM and offered suggestions for inspiring more women to pursue the field.  

It Takes a Village

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