International Women’s Day 2021

Happy International Women’s Day!

The theme of World Space Week (4-10 October) this year will be “Women in Space”.

The Women in Space Chapter (WiSC) ( celebrates with a new webpage ( highlighting members contributing to the Australian space sector. WiSC members are professionally engaged in space science, engineering, medicine, communication, law, business, education, governance and advocacy. Check our new website regularly for new profiles and updates on our members’ professional achievements. In the next rotation of the website, we will be introducing WiSC members who work in space health/medicine/psychology.

Did you know that the United Nations has a “Space4Women” website? This excellent website a number of interesting sub-pages, including the “Space4Women Network”, and links to a variety of other organisations representing women in aerospace.

Today I would like to pay a special tribute to the women who inspired and supported me in the formative years of my life – my mother Grace, maternal grandmother Anna, great-aunt Rosa, and my aunt Mavis. All of these women were extraordinary in their own way, and taught me that there is almost no problem that can’t be solved through the application of ‘brainstorming’ and creativity.

My mother Grace and my Grandmother Anna were incredibly talented and creative crafters. Grace made her own dress in the top picture and both of my ballet costumes pictured here. One of my grandma Anna’s specialties was making felt versions of Australian fauna for her grandchildren, such as the one I am holding in the picture above. Sadly my grandma died of cancer when I was only seven, but who would ever have thought that the sewing skills learned from my mother would be put to good use making cloth face masks during a global pandemic!

Published by the ad astra vita project

The ad astra vita project aims to promote global space life sciences and health networking, including an annual international conference which is diverse, inclusive, and accessible, provide a resources portal related to medicine in austere and extreme environments, and offer a space health consultancy. It is a philanthropic not-for-profit initiative.

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