A Galaxy of Her Own: Amazing Stories of Women in Space
Inspire your young readers 8+ to reach for the stars From small steps to giant leaps, this is the story of 50 inspirational women who have been fundamental to the story of humans in space, from scientists to astronauts to some surprising roles in between.From Ada Lovelace in the nineteenth century, to the women behind the Apollo missions, from the astronauts breaking records on the International Space Station to those blazing the way in the race to get to Mars, A Galaxy of Her Own reveals extraordinary stories, champions unsung heroes and celebrates remarkable achievements from around the world.Written by Libby Jackson, a leading UK expert in human spaceflight, and illustrated with bold and beautiful artwork from the students of London College of Communication, this is a book to inspire trailblazers and pioneers of all ages.Packed full of both amazing female role models and mind-blowing secrets of space travel, A Galaxy of Her Own is guaranteed to make any reader reach for the stars.
"Gorgeous" -- Emma Gannon, blogger, author and presenter of CTRL ALT DELETE podcast "An important and beautiful book ... you will want to own this" -- Dallas Campbell, author and TV presenter "Celebrates the fact that space is an equal opportunities environment, that women can and should be involved in the huge array of opportunities in the world of space exploration" * Radio 4 Today * "Will suitably inspire trailblazers of all ages" * Irish News * "A wonderful read" * BBC World News * "Brilliantly readable" -- Radcliffe & Maconie * BBC 6 Music * "Needs to be on every space-lover's Christmas list" -- Hannah Beckerman, journalist and author "A wonderful book! Beautifully written and put together" -- Ahrani Logan, journalist, producer and CEO "Reveals extraordinary stories, champions unsung heroes and celebrates remarkable achievements from around the world" * RTE Guide * "A beautifully put together book" * City Kids West magazine * "A beautifully produced book written by a great writer, by someone with a wonderful knowledge of and love of her subject" * Cumbrian Sky *
Libby Jackson is one of Britain's foremost space experts, and is the Human Spaceflight and Microgravity Programme Manager for the UK Space Agency. Libby's career working in the space industry began when she applied for work experience at NASA aged 17 from her secondary school in Kent. Weeks later she was sitting in Mission Control in Houston. 10 years on, and after completing a physics degree at Imperial College, she was back working at Mission Control from the European Space Agency side in Munich. Since then she has worked as a Columbus Flight Director on missions to the International Space Station. From 2014 - 2016, she managed the hugely successful UK Space Agency education and outreach programmes that supported Tim Peake's mission.