Alexia Hilbertidou, winner of the Young Leader Award at the 2016 Women of Influence Awards, is joining NASA for a day, with a seat on SOFIA, a modified Boeing 747SP aircraft that has been described as the world’s largest flying observatory.
SOFIA (or, to give it its full name, The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy), a $1 billion joint venture between NASA and The German Aerospace Centre, is s pending six weeks in Christchurch, from where it will fly 18 10-hour missions.
SOFIA has a tradition of inviting prominent advocates for science and research aboard its flights. Alexia joins a distinguished list, which includes nanotechnologist Michelle Dickinson and Star Trek star Nerida Nicholls.
Video: Watch Alexia talk about winning the Young Leader Award, and how she wants to inspire, empower and equip New Zealand girls to become the change makers of the future.
Learn more about this year's Awards at 2017 Women of Influence Programme.