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Astronaut Panel with Ron Garan, Sirisha Bandla & Sara Sabry


To open the 3rd Space Education Summit, we were joined by astronauts Ron Garan, Sirisha Bandla, and Sara Sabry. Ron Garan is a highly decorated NASA astronaut, fighter pilot, and active social entrepreneur with over 178 days in space. Sirisha Bandla, who flew on Unity 22 with Richard Branson, is an Indian-American aeronautical engineer and the Vice President of Government Affairs and Research Operations for Virgin Galactic. Sara Sabry, biomedical engineer and founder of the Deep Space Initiative, launched to space on Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket and became the first Egyptian Astronaut.


Each of these inspiring speakers shared their personal experience of space — and of the Overview Effect when looking back at Earth. They answered our questions about how best to prepare students for the growing space economy and humanity’s rapidly approaching multi-planet future. They also shared their perspectives on how we might better encourage and support those who are historically underrepresented in the space industry. Each of them brought valuable perspectives to the panel, and we are grateful to be able to share this recording with all of you. Thank you to our partners at Celestial Citizen, Earthscape VR, The Human Space Program, and Ignited Thinkers.


A recording of the panel is freely available to students, educators, and enthusiasts around the world.


Learn more about the ARES Learning approach in the book Space Education: Preparing Students for Humanity's Multi-Planet Future by our co-founder Dr. Mark Wagner, and explore a complete Space Education Curriculum developed for high schools - it's a free and open education resource available to students, teachers, and enthusiasts everywhere.


Educators, sign up for online professional development based on the book and curriculum. A new cohort begins June 1. Space is limited and registration ends soon!


Join the free online Space Educator Network for ongoing resources and discussion.




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