Kellie Gerardi

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Kellie Gerardi isn’t the first tech industry worker with a side hustle. When she’s not working her day job as a mission operations specialist at sometimes-controversial data analysis firm Palantir, she’s also a popular TikTok star, where her videos about outer space, astrophysics, and motherhood have garnered nearly 460,000 followers.

As soon as next year, however, Gerardi will take on a new moonlighting gig that few can match: The 32-year-old is slated to embark on her first spaceflight as a payload specialist with Virgin Galactic, making her one of the youngest mothers to ever leave the atmosphere, and the first female payload specialist contracted to fly on a commercial spacecraft.

“Less than a thousand humans have ever been to space — fewer than 100 women, only a handful of moms, and my three-year-old is going to watch her mommy become one of them,” Gerardi told Insider. “That’s a really powerful framework and one that I think as she grows up, she believes that going to space is just another thing mommies do.”

Set to fly on Virgin Galactic’s VSS Unity suborbital spacecraft, Gerardi’s flight is expected to last 60 to 75 minutes, and will take off and land …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Tech


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