Virgin Galactic to launch science communicator and researcher to space

Virgin Galactic will launch Kellie Gerardi, an aerospace researcher and science communicator who’s captured the world’s attention with books and TikTok videos, to space as a payload specialist on an upcoming mission. 

The suborbital spaceflight on a Virgin Galactic space plane will send Gerardi, author of “Not Necessarily Rocket Science: A Beginner’s Guide to Life in the Space Age” (Mango Media, 2020), on a dedicated research flight to test new technologies related to human health amid other experiments. In addition to her communication work, Gerardi is a researcher at the International Institute for Astronautical Sciences (IIAS), which will collaborate with Virgin Galactic along with “academic and government partners,” to plan the flight and onboard research activities, according to a statement. 

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