Dumfries and Galloway’s Huge Bang Science Pageant encompasses a trio exploring the way forward for house
A trio of women with their sights set on a future in space take part in the region’s online Big Bang science festival.
The annual Galloway Astronomy, Science and Dark Skies Celebration, held in digital form, started yesterday and ends on Saturday.
It offers a number of free online events with tickets.
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Among those looking to help hit the final frontier for the event, organized by Book Town’s Wigtown Festival Company, are an ambulance doctor, spacesuit tester and an astrophotographer.
Wigtown-based teenage girl Helena Cochrane set up a YouTube channel with thousands of followers who tracked her progress from absolute beginner to the formidable astrophotographer she has become.
For Big Bang, the 16-year-old will take part in a discussion with Abigail Beall, author of The Art of Urban Astronomy: A Guide to Stargazing Wherever You Are, on Saturday March 6th. at 5 p.m.
And Big Bang is hosting an online exhibition of some of their amazing photographs.
Helena said: “I love astrophotography and have met so many brilliant people through it, such as some really inspiring women in STEM. It’s something I really want to share so that other people can be fascinated by it and also discover the love of the night sky. “
Dr. Christina Mackaill’s regular job in an A&E department of a hospital is difficult enough, but when the scrubs come off her focus shifts to helping NASA plan treatment for sick or injured astronauts.
She is working to become one of the tiny but growing groups of space doctors in the world and will specialize in emergency medicine – with an ambition to go into space herself.
Dr. Mackaill of Dundee founded Scotland’s first space medicine society in 2016 and is currently working with NASA’s chief physician, Dr. JD Polk, on an article on emergency medicine in space.
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Before her Big Bang performance titled The Space Doctor Is In (tomorrow, March 5th, at 7.30pm) she said: “We have to be able to deal with moon and Mars missions en route and soon-to-be space tourism with medical emergencies in space.
“There are no hospitals, no ambulances and often no doctors are available. One of the things we’re looking at right now is how doctors need to react when they rush into mission control and talk to the crew of a starship about how to deal with something like a heart attack in weightlessness. “
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Dr. Mackaill had already made a significant impact on the area, developing what is known as an “anti-gravity method of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for astronauts who visit the moon and one day Mars”.
The opening event of the series took place yesterday.
Kellie Gerardi, a “commercial space industry specialist” and veteran of the Mars Desert Research Station, was named scientist and astronaut for the PoSSUM (Polar Suborbital Science in the Upper Mesosphere) project in 2018 – the first crewed suborbital space research program.
The US aerospace professional hopes the new age of space travel will be open to all and discussed the subject in a session entitled “Not Necessually Rocket Science”, which is also the title of her acclaimed book.