Marina Rantanen YOUNG GRADUATE TRAINEE
INSTITUTION ESA SPACE RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY CENTRE - ESTEC NOORDWIJK, THE NETHERLANDS
AGE28
NATIONALITY SWEDISH

MY MISSION

I work on the European Robotic Arm, which we call ERA and the METERON project and the MobiPV project. They are three very different projects: ERA is a tool for the space station. METERON is a research project that sets out to explore how to create better ways of exploring space in the future. And MobiPV is a project that aims to create easier access to procedure viewings on the space station so it's basically about creating smart phones and tablets for the astronauts to use on the space station so they can monitor procedures, which are checklists of things they need to do during specific experiments; now they get to view them on tablets rather than paper.

WHY I LIKE SPACE

We as humans can explore this universe and we can find things that we cannot see with our bare eyes. I think this is the main thing that excites me about working at the European Space Agency. But more precisely, the exciting thing is that I work on technology that will one day be in space.

MY ADVICE TO SPACE GIRLS

My advice to young people is to try to soak up as much knowledge as possible from your surroundings, like from your teachers, from people in general, from people that you meet. So even if I'm like questioning things, I don’t think you should be critical and be negative; you should be critical about figuring out where you’re going in life. If for instance you don't like math, then try instead to figure out some way of finding something else you like: be creative and try to learn new things.

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