Loretta Hidalgo Whitesides

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Loretta Hidalgo Whitesides

future astronaut 

Loretta is passionate about space. She and her husband George are the co-creators of Yuri’s Night — The World Space Party celebrated April 12th every year, all over the planet. They are also “Founder Astronauts” with tickets for a sub-orbital spaceflight on Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo Unity. Loretta has also spent over five hours floating weightless (30 seconds at a time) in a 727 aircraft as a Flight Director for Zero-G Corporation.

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 alongside “Titanic” director, James Cameron, to film the 3D IMAX documentary, “Aliens of the Deep.”

She is currently a Jedi Trainer and working on a book called “The New Right Stuff” which uses space as an inspirational backdrop and powerful reminder of what we are capable of as a species.