Podcast: Japanese pioneer reflects on her first “business trip” to space

20 December 2017

Astronaut Chiaki Mukai broke all the way through Earth’s stratosphere to become the first Japanese woman in space.

For this latest edition of our podcast series, The Lid Is On, she sat down with Dianne Penn at the recent High Level Forum on Space, held in Dubai and organized by the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) together with the United Arab Emirates Space Agency.

It marked the second time that representatives from the global space sector met to discuss how they can contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which address challenges such as tackling poverty, inequality and the impact of climate change.

Chiaki said that thrilled as she was to be out among the stars, she was even more excited to return to Earth.

Having dreamed of seeing the planet from space, she tells Dianne of the pride she felt in its beauty, and the connection that binds all living things together.

Duration:  25'14"

Music credit: Ketsa – Angel Falling

Audio Duration:
25'12"

 

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