Chapter Contact:  Anastasiya Stepanova  (

Anastasiya Stepanova is from Moscow, Russia. She has a master’s degree in journalism from Moscow State University, studied 4 years for space journalism under Russian astronaut Yuriy Baturin. Her diploma work was “Space journalism”, the field of research was first in the history of the faculty. Anastasiya is a certified rescuer and serves in the public search-and-rescue squad “SpasRezerv”. Currently, she is taking a second degree in engineering, robotics faculty at Bauman State University. She is a co-author of the book for teenagers about space “I wish you a good flight!”. This book is an easy and entertaining way for readers to get to know about space history, life there nowadays and what to do to become an astronaut.

Anastasiya participated in the Mars 160 mission which had crew rotations at both the Mars Desert Research Station in the United States and the Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station and is featured in the short film Ad Astra Per Aspera – The Mars 160 Mission. She participates in many different space projects to raise interest in space exploration.

Her dream, alongside flying to Mars, is to unite the whole world in one goal – space exploration!