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Girls Fly Too -- The Sky's NO Limit!
After hundreds of thousands of women in different countries have so recently marched for social justice, for equal opportunities and fair treatment for women -- and everyone else -- it seems timely to publicize the initiative designed to encourage women and girls to learn to fly, or even to become astronauts, if they're interested.
The Sky’s No Limit - Girls Fly Too! is the world’s largest outreach initiative to inspire female future leaders in Aviation, Aerospace, Marine and Defence, and the free events held annually during the Week of International Women’s Day change lives. In BC, the events are held at the Abbotsford International Airport. Mark your calendars now if you're interested in taking advantage of the free flights for first-time fliers (previous commercial flights excepted), in "finding out what's under the hood," and much more. The dates are Saturday March 11 and Sunday March 12, 2017, from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm. Advance registration is required for flights.
A total of 60 women have "flown in space" according to Wikipedia, and only two of those are Canadian astronauts: Roberta Bondar and Julie Payette. 45 of them are American. One of those, Heide Stefanyshyn-Piper, was a US Navy diver when she learned about NASA’s plans to build space station Freedom from another Navy colleague. Intrigued, she researched NASA’s plans for Freedom, a project which later evolved into the International Space Station, and concluded that her experience fixing ships underwater for the US Navy was very similar to building a space station. She immediately applied.
Stefanyshyn-Piper spent 13 years with NASA, and during that time she logged over 27 days and 15 hours in space. She flew on Mission STS-115 on space shuttle Atlantis with Canadian Astronaut Steven MacLean in 2006 and Mission STS-126 on space shuttle Endeavour in 2008. She completed 5 space walks totaling 33 hours and 42 minutes of Extra-Vehicular Activity (EVA) time. Does that sound like fun?
Not everyone has a strong desire to pilot aircraft, or to venture into outer space. Sometimes we don't know we want to do something until we've had an opportunity to experience it first-hand, and The Sky’s No Limit - Girls Fly Too! is designed to give girls and women that opportunity without being deterred by erroneous sexist stereotypes.
For more information, go to: www.girlsfly2.ca