Astronaut makes UN touchdown for women in space

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UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and astronaut Scott Kelly launching #whyspacematters photo contest. Photo: UNOOSA (file)

Back when Astronaut Scott Kelly was a military pilot in the navy, seeing a woman in his class would have been almost as common as "seeing a unicorn."

At the UN to discuss the so-called "Space for Women" project, the retired United States astronaut, and official UN Champion for Space, shared his views on how to get more girls involved in science, technology, engineering and mathematics – known as STEM.

He explained how he himself went from being a child who disliked all things STEM, to walking in outer space.

Mr. Kelly told Liz Scaffidi why he had missed the UN's first ever designation back in 1999, of World Space Week, marked each year at the beginning of October.

Duration: 4'57"

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