Astronauts: Have You Got What It Takes? My journey to being selected as the BBC show’s final candidate

Posted by ap507 at May 03, 2018 10:55 AM |
Dr Suzie Imber, Associate Professor in Space Physics at the University of Leicester, has been interviewed by Womanthology about her research, her role at Leicester and her passion for space

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Dr Suzie Imber is an Associate Professor in Space Physics at the University of Leicester, where her main research interest is the study of the interaction of the solar wind with the planetary magnetospheres of the Earth and Mercury. In 2017, Suzie was selected as one of 12 contestants on the BBC2 series, Astronauts: Do You Have What It Takes?, which she went on to win. She studied for her undergraduate degree at Imperial College London, before moving to the University of Leicester for her Doctor of Philosophy, titled ‘Auroral and Ionospheric Flow Measurements of Magnetopause Reconnection during Intervals of Northward Interplanetary Magnetic Field’.

During a recent interview with Womanthology, Suzie said: 

"I studied a four-year master’s degree in physics at Imperial College, London, and found myself interested in space science. During my undergraduate degree, I applied for an internship at NASA, and was fortunate enough to spend two summers working at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, near Washington DC.

"These summers inspired me to continue studying space science and I did a Ph.D. at the University of Leicester, which has a world-leading space physics research group. I then went to NASA as a research scientist, working there for three years, before returning to Leicester to take up a permanent position.

"I love working in space science because we’re always pushing the boundaries of our capabilities..."

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