Episode 61: How Do You Keep Astronauts Alive in Space?

Meet the Expert: Bailey Burns, Systems Engineer

Bailey Burns, systems engineer for Raytheon


Bailey Burns is a systems engineer working for Raytheon and now Paragon Space Development Corporation. She is involved in planning the  next mission for the moon! Bailey is also the Rubik’s Brand Amabassador. She first started solving Rubik’s cubes in 7th grade when her math teacher taught the class during lunch breaks! Thanks Mrs. Doro! She is passionate about the educational origin of the Rubik’s Cube and is keen to get more young girls and women involved in STEM.

When did Bailey’s love of science and technology start? “I’vee always loved STEM but I never thought I could do it. I though it would always be a side hobby. Until my junior year of high school I thought I’d go into journalism. When I found engineering and then got into a top engineering school, I decided to really chase my dreams.”  Read more of this interview HERE


Bailey is @ninjaneergirl  You can follow her on Facebook  Twitter and Instagram



Watch this video to Meet Bailey in person! 




Make a list of all the ways that you can make your house (your spaceship) sustainable. For example, how can you save water?

or maybe cut down on food waste. What can you come up with?

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Astronaut Aquanaut book by Jennifer Swanson


Highlighted book for this episode! 

Astronaut-Aquanaut: How Space Science and Sea Science Interact 
by Jennifer Swanson

Journey from the deepest trenches in the oceans to the farthest humans have ventured into space and learn what it takes to explore the extremes. You might just be surprised by how similar the domains of ASTRONAUTS and AQUANAUTS really are.





Book List:

100 Questions About Outer Space by Simon Abbott

Space Exploration for Kids: A Junior Scientist’s Guide to Astronauts, Rockets, and Life in Zero Gravity by Bruce Betts Ph.D.

Welcome to Mars: Making a Home on the Red Planet by Buzz Aldrin (Author), Marianne Dyson (Author)

You Are the First Kid on Mars by Patrick O’Brien


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