This week marks the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 – the mission that took the first humans to the moon. The pioneering journeys of Michael Collins, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and the late Neil Armstrong to our closest celestial neighbour was achieved through the determination and sacrifice of many, and not without significant political will and financial backing. This great feat of engineering, bravery and adventure inspired a whole generation, and continues to do so…or does it?
A few months ago, before I had even applied for a PhD, I was wondering what it took to become an astronaut. Was it something that all astronauts had in common; “The Right Stuff?” Or was it something else? Continue reading “Astronaut profiles”