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Filipina achieves big as operations lead at key European Space Agency center

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A Filipina has become an inspiring achiever by reaching to the position of operations lead at one of European Space Agency’s (ESA) centers.

Gwendolyne Pascua, is currently the ground controller and operations lead at one of the European Space Agency’s (ESA) user service and operations centers located at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Switzerland, the Biotechnology Space Support Center (BIOTESC).

Talking about her feat, she said their mission was to have a successful and smooth experiment execution by astronauts. “We support the experiments primarily in the International Space Station (ISS),” Pascua shared during the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) Women and Girls in Astronomy forum on March 8.

“BIOTESC team is a small team but very diverse because it’s a mix of a lot of expertise,” she said, adding, ” So we’re a mix of biochemists, biologists, mechanical engineers, physicists, computer scientists, or IT specialists.”

She said that working in a field that is dominated by males is “sometimes good because you can interact with them.”

Pascua is looking to conduct more educational outreach activities.

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