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Stepping stones to space

12 Sep 2019, 08:30 UTC
Stepping stones to space
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Space stories: Libby Jackson speaking at this year’s Bluedot Festival in the UK. (Courtesy: Carousel PR)
When she was eight years old, physicist-turned-engineer Libby Jackson penned and illustrated a “travel guide to Mars”. Part of a school assignment set over the summer holidays, she was meant to research a place that she someday hoped to visit. Jackson decided upon a rather more liberal interpretation of the assignment, as she dreamed of a terraformed Martian surface, teeming with “an amazing selection of hotels you could stay at [and] also plenty of marzipan and Mars bars to go around”. Space has been a life-long passion for Jackson and today she is the human exploration programme manager for the UK Space Agency.
“My interest has always been in space, but when I was younger, I didn’t know that the UK had a space industry or that you could possibly be an engineer or a scientist working in that field,” says Jackson. Indeed, it was only when she spent a week of her summer holidays at Space School UK at the age of 16, that she learnt about the many different roles, beyond that of an astronaut, that the space sector affords. Jackson went ...

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