Not Necessarily Rocket Science Online:
A Conversation with Kellie Gerardi

With Exploratorium astronomer Dr. Isabel Hawkins

Monday, February 15, 2021 • 4:00 p.m. PST

Free event but an RSVP is required to receive a link to this program.

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Have you dreamed of stars and galaxies far, far away? Join Kellie Gerardi, author of Not Necessarily Rocket Science: A Beginner's Guide to Life in the Space Age, in a conversation with Exploratorium astronomer Dr. Isabel Hawkins about her experiences in the commercial space industry. In her book, Kellie takes us on a tour of her nontraditional path in the space industry—from her adventures working at a spaceport to training for Mars to testing spacesuits in microgravity, to building a massive SciComm platform. In this live conversation she’ll share more stories about her experiences in this emerging frontier and offer insights and encouragement to anyone who dreams of donning a spacesuit.

Kellie Gerardi is an aerospace professional and popular science communicator dedicated to advancing humanity’s footprint in the solar system. She is a Scientist-Astronaut Candidate with Project PoSSUM, the world’s first crewed suborbital research program and has also contributed to space settlement research, including a multi-week crew rotation at the Mars Desert Research Station. Kellie has been featured across a broad range of publications, including guest appearances on ABC’s “The View” and “Nightline,” and profiles in Vogue, Glamour, and The New York Times. Her verified Instagram and TikTok accounts have a cumulative following of nearly 400,000 space enthusiasts.


Image: Standing astronaut in front of planet Mars (3-D space illustration) by Dotted Yeti