Speaker

Abby Harrison

Aspiring NASA Astronaut and Scientist

Abigail Harrison aspires to be a scientist and dreams of becoming a NASA astronaut, she also dreams of becoming the first astronaut to go to Mars. She travelled to Russia in May 2013 as a special guest of Italian Astronaut Luca Parmitano, to be a part of a legendary Soyuz launch–Soyuz-TMA-09M. She served as Parmitano’s Earth Liaison, bringing space down to Earth by sharing Parmitano’s space mission with her followers and other young people interested in space. Abby has also created a worldwide outreach programme called the #FutureOfSpace that is geared toward igniting passion and excitement about space, STEM and dreams with kids around the world. It includes an email pen pal program, classroom visits, web chats, speaking at events and sharing on her social media channels and blog. She also began the Mars Generation programme last year, which aims to inspire young generations to become involved in Mars exploration and potential colonisation of the Red Planet. She is an inspiring role model to children the world over, and a great example of the power of social media in helping young people get their message to the world. She has appeared on numerous major US television networks.