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What Space Exploration Means For Earth

Abigail Harrison

Astrobiologist, Space Advocate, Future Mars Traveler

About Abigail Harrison

Abigail "Astronaut Abby" Harrison is an aspiring astronaut and the co-founder of the international nonprofit organization The Mars Generation. A rising star in her field, she holds a degree in biology from Wellesley College, has interned at a NASA-funded astrobiology lab, and has been featured in TIME, Forbes, Seventeen, Marie Claire, Glamour, Teen Vogue, the BBC, USA Today, and more. Currently working as a research scientist in the Jackson Lab at Harvard Medical School, Abby believes that no one is ever too young, or too old, to pursue their dreams, and she herself is living proof of that notion. Abigail is determined to help as many young people as possible start reaching for their very own stars.

About the class

Space is endlessly fascinating, but why does humankind spend billions of dollars and embark on decades-long projects to visit new planets, moons, space bases, and solar systems? And what does that tell you about setting goals in your own life? As John F. Kennedy said, we choose to do these things “because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our skills and abilities.” Join Abigail “Astronaut Abby” Harrison, author of Dream Big, to explore the lessons that space missions have taught us back on earth, and how you can use those lessons to pursue your wildest dreams, too.

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