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Blog 5 August, 2022

NASA Astronaut Kayla Barron touches down in Cambridge for Our Place in Space Launch Weekend

Having recently returned from a NASA mission at the International Space Station, Kayla Barron joined us in Cambridge for the first day of a weekend of stellar fun on Midsummer Common.

Kayla Barron gave people of all ages an opportunity to ask questions about her experience in outer space as she took part in an afternoon Q&A session with space scientist Maggie Aderin-Pocock as part of the Cambridge launch of Our Place in Space.

Kayla recently returned to Earth after spending 177 days in space, serving as a member of the NASA SpaceX Crew-3 mission to the International Space Station, which launched on 10 November 2021.

Later in the afternoon, art, space and science came together as Kayla, Oliver Jeffers, Professor Stephen Smartt and Mark Langtry discussed space travel, the solar system and how the experience of distance can facilitate new perspectives.

"We are one connected population who are stewards of this incredible planet [Earth]"

Kayla Barron on her perspective of Earth after visiting space.

Kayla spoke to us about her experience in space, how distance helped her see Earth from a new perspective and the importance of a project like Our Place in Space: