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Women in Science

 Joclyn Bell BurnetMay half term has all been about women in science. We have been celebrating female scientists in honor of the 40th anniversary of Valentina Tereshkova becoming the first woman in Space.

We have been joined by female scientists from all areas; from Earth based volcanologists to the well renowned Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell who discovered radio pulsars.

Throughout the week these very learned scientists have been sharing with us details of what their science is all about and how they became interested in it in the first place.

We haven’t just been concentrating on current female scientists. We’ve been joined by John and Karen from Historical Solutions who have been helping us to investigate the horrible history of women in science. They have been highlighting women such as Mary Anning, who made some of Britain’s most exciting fossil discoveries but receives none of the credit for it. By using some of their exciting props, combined with some of our fantastic space artifacts, they have helped to bring alive the stories of some of the unsung scientific heroines of history.

 We have also been joined by another rather special lady; a fellow scientist, whose expertise is in the area of rovers, specifically Martian ones! What makes her stand out is that she has 6 wheels, and is made of metal! I am of course talking about Bridget.

 She is a prototype Martian rover built here in the UK by EADS Astrium. She has been designed to test the movement and some of the software systems that will be used on the 2018 ESA ExoMars rover.  This week she has been put through her paces on our simulated Martian surface and has been showing off to the crowds handling our craters and bad driving skills with no trouble at all.

 

 

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