How has our work in orbit helped us appreciate our planet? Speakers including astronauts Helen Sharman and Tim Peake discussed this question in a live YouTube event.
Astronauts Helen Sharman and Tim Peake joined The Sky at Night presenter Maggie Aderin-Pocock, UNOOSA’s Simonetta Di Pippo and broadcaster Kevin Fong to assess how our work in orbit—and beyond—has helped us appreciate our planet. Hear about the incredible insights we’ve gained about Earth as we’ve learned more about neighbouring planets, and the ways in which international collaboration and advances in satellites and remote sensing are helping us track the effects of climate change more accurately than ever before.
- Helen Sharman, CMG, OBE: The first British astronaut and the first woman to visit the Mir space station in 1991
- Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, MBE: Astrophysicist, author, and BAFTA-nominated presenter of The Sky at Night
- Simonetta Di Pippo: Director of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs and former Director of Human Spaceflight for the European Space Agency
- Tim Peake: The most recent Briton in space and first British astronaut to visit the International Space Station, spending six months there from 2015–16
- Dr Kevin Fong (Chair): Doctor, science broadcaster and author
The event was introduced by Dia Mirza, award-winning actor, producer, UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador and UN Secretary-General Advocate for Sustainable Development Goals.