Australia’s New Mum-Astronaut: “I’m So Grateful”

Apr 30, 2024 | News

By: Mike Crooks

An Australian mother of two’s “lifelong dream” just came true.

Key points:

  • Katherine Bennell-Pegg would be the first Australian who was trained as part of an Australian program.
  • Katherine applied to ESA’s astronaut program in 2021, along with 22,500 others. She is among six people who have now graduated.
  • Ms Bennell-Pegg’s training involved simulating long spacewalks underwater in scuba gear, and stretches in centrifuges and oxygen low-pressure chambers.