Putting the spotlight on UK contribution to lunar exploration

By Ben Fitzgerald - 23 July 2019

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Space scientist Libby Jackson is holding a talk 'UK Goes to the Moon' at Swindon Central Library, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of man's landing on the moon.
The free hour-long talk, at 8pm on August 8th will focus on plans to once again send humans beyond the confines of Low Earth Orbit and the UK's contribution to some of the these missions.

We are living in an exciting, once in a generation time when the direction of space exploration is shifting gears. The world space agencies are building spacecraft that will send humans out beyond the confines of Low Earth Orbit for the first time since the end of the Apollo lunar missions in 1972 and have plans for much more. The UK, through our membership of the European Space Agency, will be a part of these exciting missions, but it is not the first time that we have sent missions to the Moon.

Libby Jackson, the UK Space Agency’s Human Exploration Programme Manager, will share the amazing details of our lunar story - past achievements, current activities and the plans for the next decades.

Libby Jackson is one of Britain’s leading experts in human spaceflight, having spent over a decade working at the forefront of the field in mission control and management roles. Libby joined the UK Space Agency in 2014 and currently manages the Human Exploration Programme at the UK Space Agency. Previously Libby managed the hugely successful education programme for Tim Peake’s mission to the ISS, as well as acting as a spokesperson throughout the mission. 

Libby has had a life-long interest in human spaceflight. After graduating with a BSc in Physics from Imperial College and a Master’s degree in Astronautics and Space Engineering from Cranfield University, Libby worked for Airbus Defence and Space in satellite operations. Prior to her time at the UK Space Agency, Libby worked in Mission Control as a flight controller and then Flight Director for the Columbus module, Europe’s laboratory on the ISS.

Libby is a regular spokesperson for the UK Space Agency on matters relating to human spaceflight and exploration. She has been a guest on various television and radio programmes, including Stargazing Live, Astronauts: Do you Have What it Takes?, Blue Peter and many national and local news programmes.

This talk is suitable for older children and adults. For more information click here

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