The project

Find out about the background to the project and how our students created an aerial theatre performance inspired by the story of women in space.

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The history

Find out more about the history of women in space, and download learning resources for further study.

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Student work

See examples of the work our students did during the project.

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Welcome

Dark Side of the Moon is a heritage project run by Scarabeus Aerial Theatre in partnership with the Science Museum, the Women’s Library at the LSE and Kingston university exploring why we know so little about women astronauts and why they are hardly mentioned in the history of space travel. The project took place at Parliament Hill School in Camden with 30 students in Y7 and Y8 between February and June 2015.

Women astronauts

Profiles of the women that pushed the boundaries of space exploration

Samantha Cristoforetti

Samantha Cristoforetti

199 days, 16 hours and 42 min in space

Peggy Whitson

Peggy Whitson

376 days, 17 hrs and 49 mins in space

Yelena Serova

Yelena Serova

167 days, 5 hours and 44 mins in space

Anousheh Ansari

Anousheh Ansari

10 days, 13 hours 46 mins in space

Helen Sharman

Helen Sharman

7 days, 21 hours and 13 mins in space

Yi So-yeon

Yi So-yeon

10 days and 21 hours in space

Kalpana Chawla

Kalpana Chawla

31 days, 14 hours and 54 minutes in space

Svetlana Savitskaya

Svetlana Savitskaya

19 days, 17 hours and 6 minutes in space

Timeline

From the 1950s to the present day (drag left and right to scroll)

1950s

The space race begins. Read more

1960s

First woman astronaut Read more

1970s

Space exploration continues....without the women Read more

1980s

First American woman in space Read more

1990s

First British astronaut Read more

2000s

First female Space Station commander Read more

2010s

More nations enter space Read more