Space scientist wins BBC astronaut show

Image caption Suzie Imber will now obtain a recommendation to join the European Room Agency

A Leicester scientist reports she is “excited” she could “end up in space” after successful a BBC Two show.

Suzie Imber, 33, has been revealed as the best candidate designed for space on “Astronauts: Do you have what must be done? ” on Sunday.

The University of Leicester relate professor said the experience was “incredible” but “really tough”.

Dr Imber, who triumphed more than 11 other people, will now get a suggestion to join the European Space Company.

Image caption Former astronaut Chris Hadfield (r) was the 1st Canadian to walk in area

Previous astronaut Chris Hadfield and his group put the candidates through a series of gruelling tests as part of the show, to find out who also had the qualities to be a good astronaut.

Dr Imber, associate professor of planetary technology at the university, said: “Staying concentrated and being able to cope with the degree associated with testing over a time period was tough.

“It was really difficult to prepare for tests, like the ability to consider my own blood.

“And being strapped into a capsule plus lowered into water, so it floods up, and then spun around which means you have to hold your breath plus feel disorientated. ”

Image caption Dr Imber beat 11 some other candidates, including engineers and fliers

The particular scientist has been interested in space from the young age and her current study looks at Mercury’s magnetosphere.

Dr Imber said she has been “utterly shocked and surprised” whenever her name was announced.

“The process has trained me that you don’t have to be the best with everything, ” she said.

“You have to be consistently great over a broad range of skills and maybe that’s why I might have got a slight advantage on the others.

inch[Winning] has made me a lot more excited and enthusiastic to apply, and who truly knows, it’s possible that I could one day result in space. ”

Doctor Imber added she made “incredibly valuable life-long friendships” with individuals she met on the six-week program.

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Picture caption Suzie Imber can also be a good climber as can be seen right here on Denali, the highest mountain within North America

Professor Paul Boyle, president from the university, said: “For an intrepid explorer, who is used to scaling hills, she has surpassed herself by attaining new heights of success.

“She has done herself, the girl family and loved ones and the university really proud indeed.

“We hope she continues to go through strength to strength in the girl application to become an astronaut. inch

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