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Meet real-life people working in STEM jobs in the vibrant and growing space industry.

James Bevington

Astrobiologist
Engineer turned astrobiologist James Bevington’s STEM career is out of this world.

Dr Helen Maynard-Casely

Instrument scientist
Instrument scientist Dr Helen Maynard-Casely’s obsession with icy moons has led to a fascinating career.

Dr David Flannery

Research scientist
QUT researcher Dr David Flannery is living his dream career – helping NASA on its next Mars rover mission.

Christyl Johnson

Deputy Center Director for Technology and Research Investments
NASA Director of Technology and Research at Goddard Space Flight Centre, Christyl Johnson has always aimed high.

Adrian Jon Brown

Deputy Program Scientist, Mars 2020 Mission
Are we alone in the universe? Adrian Brown is studying rocks on Mars in the hope of helping us find out.

Emily Calandrelli

Host of Netflix’s Emily’s Wonder Lab
Emily Calandrelli, aka @thespacegal, is a former MIT engineer turned science communicator. She shares her love of science on Netflix shows, broadcast television, and on social media.

Drashti Patel

Pen tester
The University of Adelaide has provided Drashti Patel with the cyber security tools she will need to succeed in the space industry.

Dr Sarah Pearce

Director of Astronomy and Space Science, CSIRO
In her current role at the CSIRO, Sarah leads the national science agency’s space program.

Ben Tran

Developer, space tech start-up
Ben Tran is a front-end developer at satellite tech startup, Myriota.

Will Reid

Robotic mobility engineer, NASA
Will Reid wants to send robots to the moons of Saturn.

Monique Hollick

Space Systems Engineer, DST
Monique and her team design daily mission plans, check the health and performance of satellites and conduct maintenance on ground stations.

Kirsten Banks

Astrophysicist and science communicator
Kirsten Banks is bringing Aboriginal astronomy, Indigenous and Western science to the masses as a budding astrophysicist and science communicator at UNSW.

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