‘Astronauts aren’t just men – we’re astronauts too’

A seven-year-old aspiring astronaut built Lockdown and “fired” a homemade rocket into the sky from her home in Leicester.

Elizabeth treated fans on her social media accounts with a “static fire” of her cardboard rocket from her parents’ living room before rolling the rocket onto a launch pad in the garden.

Elizabeth shares her favorite experiments with hundreds of subscribers on her YouTube channel.

Her online fame has also led to opportunities at America-based payload company Astrobotic, which offered to bring their YouTube sticker to the moon aboard their Peregrine lunar lander later this year.

Elizabeth’s mother, Jennifer, who is originally from Connecticut, told the US space agency plans to send a woman to the moon were “huge to humanity”.

“I’m excited to be the mother of a daughter at this point. One who is so passionate about space,” she said.

An Astrobotic spokesperson said, “Younger generations need role models who look like them. Elizabeth’s passion for space is amazing and we are proud to send her sticker to the moon. ‘

Video journalist: Chris Waring

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