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Young women build Kyrgyzstan’s first satellite

07.11.18 / Young women aged between 17 and 24 aim to build and launch Kyrgyzstan’s first satellite before 2020.

Since March they have been building a CubeSat, which U.S. space agency NASA describes as being the smallest and cheapest satellite used for space exploration. A great achievement in a country that relies on farming and where women make up less than 10 percent of Kyrgyzstan’s science, technology, engineering and maths graduates.

“We want to prove that girls can actually do it,” says a 19-year-old student participating in the project. “We want to be a hope, not only in Kyrgyzstan, but maybe our project will give hope to girls all around the world.”

Read full story at Thomson Reuters Foundation

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