What's a nice lady like you doing in (a) space like this?
Esther Dyson tells tales of her cosmonaut training. Recently returned from five months at the Yuri Gagarain Cosmonaut Training Center outside Moscow, she comes equipped with photos and stories - and a willingness to answer questions.
Following on President Obama's call to "begin again the work of remaking America," Maker Faire 2009 was organized around the theme of Re-Make America. Held in the San Francisco Bay Area, Maker Faire celebrates what President Obama called "the risk takers, the doers, and the makers of things."
Esther Dyson is president and owner of EDventure Holdings; a small yet globally diversified information services company. EDventure invests in information-oriented startup ventures in central and Eastern Europe as well as in the USA. EDventure conducts industry events like the PC Forum and the High-Tech Forum. Since 1982, EDventure's newsletter, Release 1.0, help readers see underlying patterns behind industry trends, a theme echoed in her book, Release 2.0.
Esther Dyson describes the five months she spent training to be a cosmonaut and details her experiences training in the wilderness, using the shuttle's ancient operating system, and wearing a massive and uncomfortable spacesuit.
Philanthropist Esther Dyson explains why she decided to train as a cosmonaut in Russia for five months, despite the hefty price tag. She recounts tales of going to the NASA cottages for dinner, only to hear space doctors share stories about the effect of weightlessness on blood flow.
Esther Dyson answers an audience member’s question on how to get in to an astronaut training program without $3 million to spend. Dyson suggests excelling in math and science in high school, then going on to study engineering or medicine in college.