When we think about space exploration, an image that immediately pops up in our mind is that of an astronaut. This is, however, only one of the many careers related to space exploration. An astronaut travels in a spacecraft, wears a spacesuit, communicates with Earth, carries out scientiﬁc experiments, all of which are the result of the combined work of many other highly skilled professionals. There are experts who plan the mission, build the spacecraft, design the spacesuit, analyse scientiﬁc data, develop new materials, test the spacecraft, create new tools, perform medical tests, amongst many other functions. The majority of the people who work in space-related ﬁelds have a scientiﬁc or engineering background and have studied maths and natural sciences at school.
This booklet provides information about several exciting space-related careers. The English version of the booklet can be downloaded by clicking on this link. The booklet is also available in the following 8 languages: Dutch, French, German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian and Spanish.