Loretta Hidalgo Whitesides
Loretta and her husband George are Founder Astronauts with tickets for a sub-orbital spaceflight with Virgin Galactic. Trained as an astrobiologist at Stanford and Caltech, Loretta has been to the Canadian Arctic to study plant life in extreme environments and to the hydrothermal vents at the bottom of the ocean with “Titanic” director James Cameron to film a 3D IMAX documentary, “Aliens of the Deep.” She is the Co-creator of Yuri's Night, The World Space Party, celebrated annually with astronauts and DJs under space shuttles and beyond, on or around April 12. Loretta also has over five hours of time spent floating weightless (30 seconds at a time) on a 727 aircraft as a Flight Director for Zero-G Corporation and regularly teaches at the International Space University. Loretta has been featured in PC Mag, 10% Happier with Dan Harris, and Wired. She has been a plenary speaker at the International Astronautical Congress, featured at Future Talks, Conference on World Affairs and TEDxNASA. She is also the author of a book called, "The New Right Stuff: Using Space to Bring Out the Best in You," and leads a leadership course at called "SpaceKind Training" that helps people create the life of their dreams. Loretta’s passion is creating the culture of the Sci-Fi future to go along with the spaceships.Read more Read less
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