20-23 July 2023 Jodrell Bank Observatory


Libby Jackson is one of Britain’s leading experts in human spaceflight, having spent over a decade working at the forefront of the field. Space was a childhood passion and after completing degrees in physics at Imperial College and astronautics and space engineering at Cranfield University, she has worked in the space industry ever since. Libby spent seven years working at the European Space Agency’s Mission Control for the International Space Station in a number of roles including her dream job as a Columbus Flight Director. She played a key role in Tim Peake’s mission to the International Space Station and continues to work in the field. Libby is a frequent contributor on television and radio, including Stargazing Live, The Big Think: Should We Go To Mars? and Astronauts: Do You Have What It Takes? Libby is passionate about sharing stories of human spaceflight and encouraging young people to follow their passions in life. Her first book, A Galaxy of Her Own: Amazing Stories of Women in Space was published in 2017. Space Explorers: 25 Extraordinary Stories of Space Exploration and Adventure published in September 2020 with Wren and Rook.

Talk: Life in Space: The truth is up there

Exploring space, with the stunning images of Earth, and life and death situations, can seem just like the movies.  Stories of stranded astronauts, collisions, even drowning, would be at home on the big screen.  But the reality of life as an astronaut is even better than the movies, with all these things happening.  Libby Jackson is a leading expert in human spaceflight with nearly two decades working in the field, including working in Mission Control. 

She will be sharing some of the most fantastic and captivating true stories of space exploration, from the earliest days of America and the Soviet Union racing to dominate the heavens, through to today’s adventures on the International Space Station.  Join her and discover how it’s not just bravery and daring that save the day, – toothbrushes and felt tip pens have also triumphed, keeping missions on track and astronauts alive.  Every story is told just as it happened, no matter how extraordinary they may seem.


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