Planetary Scientist

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  • Hi, my name’s Sheila and I’m a PhD student at University College London (UCL). When I was younger, I saw the movie Apollo 13 and saw the view of Earth from space. From that moment on, I knew that I wanted to be involved in space in some way. I was also inspired by British-born NASA astronaut Michael Foale and wanted to become an astronaut like him, (something I secretly still hope to do!) and I knew I would need Science and Maths to get there.

    The team I work with at university designed an instrument that was launched with a NASA satellite in 2004, which monitors the environment around Saturn. My job involves analysing the instrument’s data and working with other planetary science teams around the world. I also work with SpaceSchool and I’m really proud of the work I do there to inspire future generations of space enthusiasts.

    Did you know?

    You could earn up to £60,000 as a Planetary Scientist or up to £74,000 as an astronaut.

    Some aspiring space experts attend space camps and programmes all over the world from Alabama to Russia.

    You could be involved in making the next great space discovery like life on Mars.

    In addition to the team you work with, you also get to meet and work with experts from other countries.

    Planetary Scientists can have flexible working hours and don’t even need to wear labcoats.

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