Maggie Aderin-Pocock

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Richard Coles and Suzy Klein meet space scientist Maggie Aderin-Pocock, a female trainee astronaut from the early 1960s, Jerri Truhill, and amateur rocketeer John Jacomb. Matt Eagles explains what is like to have had Parkinson's disease since the age of eight, Matthew Baylis tells the story of the cult religions of Vanuatu and June Lady Chichester enthuses about camels. MOBO founder Kanya King picks her Inheritance Tracks.

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Maggie Aderin-Pocock

Maggie Adarin-Pocock  is a space scientist who has worked on telescopes and satellites. She is also wants to encourage more women into scientific careers and is keen to spark children’s enthusiasm  for engineering and physics capitalising on their liking for science fiction from the Clangers to Star Trek.

Parkinson’s at eight: Matt Eagles

Parkinson’s at eight: Matt Eagles

Matt Eagles was eight when he began to develop the symptoms of Parkinson’s. Now 44, he’s lived with the condition almost all his life and is currently carving a new career for himself as a sports photographer.

See some of his pictures in our gallery.

Lady June Chichester

Lady June Chichester

Lady June Chichester talks about her enthusiasm for keeping camels  and the talents of her two bactrians Thérèse and Temujin.

Travel: Matthew Baylis

Matthew Baylis has long been fascinated by Vanuatu  and the cult on the island of Tanna there that  worships the Duke of Edinburgh. He went to stay there to discover more about the religion and the way the inhabitants of Tanna live.

Inheritance Tracks: Kanya King

Inheritance Tracks: Kanya King

Kanya King  founded The MOBO - Music of Black Origin -  Awards in 1996. Widely recognised  as an entrepreneur, she was awarded an MBE for her services to the music industry in 1999. The 18th MOBO Awards take place tonight.

Jerri Truhill

Saturday Live talks to Jerri Truhill, one of the Mercury 13 women who proved they could make it to the Moon, but whom NASA never permitted to fly. 

Jerri Truhill, now 85, was one of the American women pilots who in 1961 proved themselves men’s equals as potential astronauts.  The group of women, known as the ‘Mercury 13’, passed all the same physiological tests as NASA’s team of Mercury spacemen.  But as women, they were not considered for missions.  Jerri tells Saturday Live about the tests, her flying life, and how she and the Mercury 13 spent the rest of their lives working for women’s recognition.

John Jacomb

John Jacomb is an amateur rocketeer and a member of the British Space Modelling Team. He flies competitively and travels widely to do so. And he’s part of the six man UK team competing in the World Championships next year in Bulgaria.



Role Contributor
PresenterRichard Coles
PresenterSuzy Klein
Interviewed GuestMaggie Aderin-Pocock
Interviewed GuestJerri Truhill
Interviewed GuestJohn Jacomb
Interviewed GuestKanya King

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