Advocate, activist, speaker and philanthropist
Taylor Denise Richardson, also known as Astronaut StarBright, is 14 years old and attends The Bolles School in Jacksonville, Florida. As an advocate, activist, speaker and philanthropist, she has aspirations of becoming a scientist, engineer and an astronaut one day.
She has attended four NASA space centres, including the US Space & Rocket Center (aka Space Camp) in Huntsville, Alabama, at the age of nine. She is a member of The Mars Generation as a student space ambassador; a Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Florida member; a Nelson Mandela ambassador with Jacksonville Sister Cities Association; and a member of Empowerment Resources Journey into Womanhood, and Generation Wow, which are empowerment clubs for girls. She also a member of her school soccer and track team.
Taylor is also a role model for the Lottie Dolls Astro Adventures campaign, which is inspiring girls to dream big in STEM all over the world. She has featured on the cover of the Girls in Aviation Day September 2017 issue by Women in Aviation, which reached more than 8,000 girls throughout the US. In October 2017, she graced the cover of Scholastic Science World, reaching every organisation or school that subscribes to it.