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Hello LA Space Community + Friends,

We hope you all had the opportunity to watch the exciting and historical Crew Dragon launch last weekend. It served as a reminder that we as human beings can achieve great things by working together with care and respect of one another. As a community organization, we are here to support diversity and inclusion of all backgrounds and experiences because that is the future we want to take with us as we expand into the solar system. We will use our voice and our shared passion towards space as a foundation to seek the truth and to celebrate the inherent value in each individual.

This week, we have 2 wonderful guests lined up on our Instagram Live. We're talking to the Liam Kennedy, who is the inventor of ISS-Above on Friday, and Bianca Vazquez, who is the Founder of the Society of Women in Space Exploration (SWISE) on Saturday. 

Stay safe and healthy! Ad Astra!
Spaceport LA Team
Friday, June 5 @ 5:00 PM PDT
Liam is the inventor of the ISS-Above, a single board computer device (a Raspberry Pi) that presents a rich set of live information about the ISS including live video views of the earth.  What started as a weekend project in 2013 to build a cool gizmo to inspire his own grandchildren has now been shipped to more than 3,500 locations around the world including private homes, schools, science centers and even at every NASA center nationwide. 
 
Throughout a career in programming and live video streaming/video production, Liam has been passionate about astronomy and the perspective it gives humankind on our place in the Universe and how beautiful and fragile our Earth is. Previously President of the Orange County Astronomers, a Griffith Observatory Planetarium Lecturer and a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador, today Liam focuses on bringing the ISS into people’s daily lives, through public outreach, deployment of the ISS-Above into homes, schools and public spaces and spearheading projects to enhance our view of space exploration and of ourselves.
Saturday, June 6 @ 2:00 PM PDT
Bianca is an engineering student studying mechanical engineering from Los Angeles, California. She is currently an Advanced Programs intern at Lockheed Martin and is the Founder of the Society of Women in Space Exploration (SWISE). She is passionate about diversity and inclusion in STEM fields, especially space.
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