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Filipina Physicist works as a Mission Controller for Astronauts in Europe



Voyage to space is almost impossible to happen without the team of people on the ground facilitating the smooth and safe transport of astronauts from earth to space. For astronauts to be able to successfully conduct a mission, they need experts, engineers and scientists who closely monitor and oversee the entire space operation.


Those are some of the critical roles of the people working in a Mission Control Center such as the Biotechnology Space Support Center (Biotesc) in Lucerne University in Switzerland where Gwendolyn Pascua is currently working.

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Gwendolyn Pascua, who hails from Tabuk, Kalinga is a Project Planning and Coordination, Operation Lead Engineer and a Ground Controller at BIOTESC in Switzerland.


BIOTESC acts on behalf of the European Space Agency that is tasked to guide scientists who are conducting experiments with astronauts and the International Space Station.

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“We prepare [the astronauts’] experiments and procedures starting from planning their experiments, coordinating with scientists and payload developers. We do all tests necessary on the ground before they are sent to the ISS (International Space Station),” Pascua said. - [Estanislao Albano Jr] via. inquirer.net


Gwendolyn Pascua was in the Mission Control Center of BIOTESC who successfully flew Thomas Pequet  aboard the Soyuz MS-03 on November 17 of last year.

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Thomas Pequet was the first French Astronaut from the European Space Agency (ESA) who was blasted into space aboard the Soyuz spacecraft to the ISS for a six month space tour under the European Proxima mission project.


 Being an astronaut has been an aspiration for Gwendolyn since she was a kid and now all the efforts and sacrifices she had done to pursue her dream are slowly coming into reality now that she is working with a renowned space agency in Europe.

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This article first appeared on Wow Cordillera.
To know more about the Gwendolyn Pascua, please visit this link https://www.hslu.ch/en/lucerne-university-of-applied-sciences-and-arts/about-us/people-finder/profile/?pid=2878

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6 comments:

  1. Congratulations Gwendolyn Pascua on your success. God bless kabayan.

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  2. Mabuhay po kayo Dr Gwendolyn Pascua! Mabuhay ang mga Igorot!

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  3. Very proud po sainyo mdm Gwendolyn...it really inspired us, especially my two kids who also want to be an Astronaut someday. God bless u always po.

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  4. Congratulations and more power sa inyo ma'am Gwendolyn! God bless you po!

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  5. So proud of you, Dr.Gwen Pascua! God bless you more in life, in your career & family!

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  6. congrats pinsan. pinag mamalaki ka namin

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