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Graduate secures space role

Published: Wednesday, 07 January 2009   Category: Science, IT and Engineering

A Berkshire graduate is celebrating after securing a hotly-contested role within the European Space Agency (ESA).

Woodley resident Victoria Lowe, 24, has been awarded a one-year graduate trainee position at the European Space Research and Technology Centre in the Netherlands, reports getwokingham.co.uk.

In summer 2008, she graduated with a masters in aerospace engineering and astronautics from Kingston University.

Mrs Lowe said she had always dreamt of being an astronaut and harboured the ambition to go into space one day.

She commented that she had always been fascinated by the solar system and wanted to be involved with space exploration in some way.

"I opted for the foundation engineering course at Kingston because it provided a thorough grounding in engineering, applied maths and physics," Mrs Lowe commented.

Based in Paris, the ESA is an intergovernmental organisation dedicated to the exploration of space.

It was established in 1975 and currently has 18 members including the UK and Ireland.

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