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Almost 20 years ago Roberta Bondar autographed one of her books for me (signed “Reach for the stars Natalie, and I’ll see you there”). After 20+ years chasing a dream of becoming an astronaut (no, I am not one yet!), I am part of a museum exhibit alongside her, as well as Canadian Physician Shawna Pandya. Just unbelievable! If you are in Toronto, you MUST check out the Women In Space exhibit… Read More

Late last year I had the privilege to participate on a panel in Las Vegas with legendary space explorers Burt Rutan and Scott Kelly, accompanied by CEO of CA Technologies Mike Gregoire and moderated by Jessi Hempel of Backchannel. This panel was without a doubt one of the highlights of my year. Despite three very different backgrounds in the space industry, the common theme was the next generation of space travel and… Read More

I am thrilled to share that my TEDxToronto talk on space debris has been selected by TED for posting on TED.com. Our lives depend on a world we can’t see: the satellite infrastructure we use every day for information, entertainment, communication and so much more. But Earth orbit is not a limitless resource, and the problem of space debris will get worse without a significant change to our behavior. Natalie Panek challenges… Read More