Loretta Hidalgo Whitesides is a space advocate, consultant and former astrobiologist who has worked in the Canadian Arctic doing research with NASA, at the bottom of the ocean with director James Cameron and has accumulated over 4 hours of weightless time as a Flight Director for Zero Gravity Corp. She has done some work with the X PRIZE foundation as well as written for Wired magazine. Loretta is also the co-creator and Executive Director of Yuri’s Night, an annual worldwide party in celebration of space, established in 2001. Her passion is connecting people with each other, their dreams and spaceship earth.


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