10 TEDx Talks by women who’ve been to space

TEDxESA speaker Samantha Cristoforetti in space (Photo courtesy Samantha Cristoforetti/TEDxESA)

TEDxESA speaker Samantha Cristoforetti in space (Photo courtesy Samantha Cristoforetti/TEDxESA)

Ever wanted to go to space? Get a taste of what it’s like with these ten incredible talks by female astronauts who’ve gone out of our orbit:


Yelena Serova makes microphones fly in space | Yelena Serova | TEDxMoscow
In the first TEDx Talk broadcasted live from the International Space Station, Russian astronaut Yelena Serova (the fourth Russian woman to travel to space) gives a talk about space from space! (In Russian with English subtitles)


The Mars Generation | Dorothy (Dottie) Metcalf-Lindenburger | TEDxSnoIsleLibraries
At TEDxSnoIsleLibraries, former NASA astronaut Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger shares how her experience as a NASA mission specialist fuels her enthusiasm for the future of outer space exploration.

My journey to space | Stephanie D. Wilson | TEDxDunedin
Stephanie D. Wilson is the second African American woman to go into space, after Mae Jemison. At TEDxDunedin, she shares what it takes to conduct research in space and why this research helps us understand Earth.


How do we face the unknown? | Roberta Bondar | TEDxWaterloo
The first neurologist in space, at TEDxWaterloo Dr. Roberta Bondar shares how human experience in space mirrors life lessons on Earth.


Seeing Earth from space | Naoko Yamazaki | TEDxHaneda
An astronaut on the space shuttle Discovery, Naoko Yamazaki is the second Japanese female astronaut. At TEDxHaneda, she shares examples of the beauty of the Earth from afar.


Why 6 Months in Space Is Not Enough | Cady Coleman | TEDxNASAJSCWomen
Cady Coleman has played flute in space, performed many, many experiments in microgravity and counseled Sandra Bullock on how to play an astronaut for the movie Gravity. At TEDxNASAJSCWomen, she shares stories from six months in space.


Human Spaceflight, a Personal Experience | Linda Godwin | TEDxMU
Linda Godwin has traveled on four separate space flights, conducting research and laboratory work for NASA. At TEDxMU, she shares insight from her 24-year career as an astronaut.


FUTURA mission: 200 days in space | Samantha Cristoforetti | TEDxESA
In 2015, Samantha Cristoforetti set the world record for both longest single space flight by a woman (199 days, 16 hours) and for the longest uninterrupted spaceflight of a European astronaut. At TEDxESA, she shares stories from her very long trip in outer space, including what it was like to drink the first espresso brewed in space.


Drawing lessons from space for the future of education | Claudie Haigneré | TEDxParisUniversités
CNES astronaut Claudie Haigneré was the first European woman to visit the International Space Station — as part of the Andromède mission, designed to provide supplies to the ISS and to perform a series of experiments. At TEDxParisUniversités, she shares how time in space inspired her to think of education differently. (In French.)

The glass floor — reaching for the stars | Nicole Stott | TEDxSugarLand
At TEDxSugarLand, NASA astronaut Nicole Stott pays tribute to the women leaders in STEM who paved the way for astronauts like her.

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