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Blue Abyss is proud to partner with wonderful colleague and friend Dr. Mindy Howard to support the global charity Cosmic Girls Foundation, making gender equality in space a reality.

Founded by long-time Blue Abyss collaborator Dr. Mindy Howard, Cosmic Girls Foundation is on a mission to inspire and train the next generation of space explorers - girls aged 14-19 with dreams as vast as the universe itself. 

Dr. Howard is a visionary with a remarkable background that has shaped her into a trailblazer in the field of space exploration. With a distinguished 21-year career in the global oil industry spanning 35 countries and unparalleled expertise gained in varied fields from human factors engineering to diversity and inclusiveness consultant, corporate trainer, and senior leader in Sustainability, Health Safety, and Environment. Having introduced the world's first mental preparedness program for commercial astronauts, designed to help them conquer the psychological challenges of space travel. Her incredible journey has graced the screens of Discovery and Travel TV, resonated on radio in the United States and Europe, and earned her a well-respected presentation on the TEDx stage.

Dr. Howard's book 'Blast off! Train like an Astronaut for success on Earth.' is the first book to use the techniques of commercial astronaut training to help people right here on Earth maintain the anxiety-free emotional equilibrium and sustained mental focus needed to successfully overcome the day-to-day challenges and obstacles in their personal and professional lives. Using examples from astronaut training, Dr. Mindy Howard gives people in high-stress situations and/or those who are going on their own transformational journeys a tool to help achieve their goals – and to inspire them to continue pursuing their dreams.

Cosmic Girls: Pioneering Across Six Continents

In a groundbreaking initiative spanning the globe, Cosmic Girls has launched a unique competition designed to prepare young women for the extraordinary journey of becoming astronauts. With participants hailing from all corners of the world, this is the only worldwide competition of its kind. All participants, irrespective of their location or background, receive comprehensive training in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics (STEAM), essential Key Life skills, and crucial Astronaut Skills. 

They will gain access to a global networking platform, connecting them with like-minded individuals who share their dreams of conquering the final frontier, fostering camaraderie, inspiration, and the potential for collaborative ventures.

Six competition finalists, one from each continent, who will undergo a transformative experience. These finalists will receive commercial astronaut training, gaining insights into the complexities of space travel and acquiring hands-on skills that are instrumental for their cosmic ambitions. For the grand culmination of this remarkable endeavour, one entrant will emerge as the Grand Prize Winner. Their reward? An opportunity that is truly out of this world — a seat on a suborbital spaceflight. This ultimate prize represents the fulfilment of a lifelong dream and the beginning of a thrilling odyssey into the cosmos.

The competition is a testament to diversity, equality, and the belief that the dreams of young women, regardless of their geographical location, deserve to be nurtured and celebrated. Through this extraordinary endeavour, Cosmic Girls aims to equip these talented young women with the skills, experiences, and opportunities necessary to reach for the stars and go beyond.

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Cosmic Girls is not just about dreaming big; it's about making those dreams take flight. The organisation is dedicated to training the next generation of space pioneers, giving girls aged 14-19 the tools they need to explore the stars through world-class astronaut training, STEM education, life skills, and the opportunity to venture where no teenage girl has gone before.

Dr. Howard's visionary leadership and dedication to gender equality in space make Cosmic Girls a unique and empowering platform for young girls who aspire to reach for the cosmos, making space accessible to all. 

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