If Indiana Jones was a woman he would be Elin Larsson. She spent four years flying passengers and all sort of cargo to remote villages in Indonesia.
Would you strap yourself onto a 200 ton rocket and 3 million liter of fuel? Voluntarily that is. The thought alone would probably scare the shits out of most people. Jessica Meier on the other hand can’t wait for her name to show up on the list. Soon she will be on her way to the International Space Station.
Women have been travelling and exploring the world alone for generations. Alexandra David-Néel walked into Tibet in 1924 disguised as a man. Freya Stark trekked into Iran in the 1930s and in 1963 Dervla Murphy rode her bike from Ireland to India. Brave women can be found everywhere in history.
Like Leyla Giray Alyanak, who has been traveling solo for the last 50 years and visited more than 80 countries. She has been lost in the amazon jungle; was shot at in Beirut and found herself stranded in a minefield in Mozambique.
Birds have wings. This is so they can fly. Fish have gills. This is so they can breathe under water. I put a harness on and strap myself to a complete stranger. This is so I can step out from an airplane 4 kilometers above ground, hoping that he will get me down safely.
Something in this way of argument is not completely logic. Parachuting is crossing a major comfort zone…
All Anna Olsen wants is going to space. And just like a story of the Danish writer H.C. Andersen this might very well turn into a wonderful fairytale – with one big exception: Anna the Astronaut’s story might actually come true. This young girl who is determined enough to turn down an invitation to MIT has the potential to become the very first Dane in space.