Anne Pacros is a Mission and Payload Manager on the European Space Agency's (ESA) Solar Orbiter mission.
Anne Pacros

The Solar Orbiter is a Sun-observing satellite designed the ESA. Over seven years, the Solar Orbiter will travel as close as it can get to the sun, roughly 26 million miles away. At closest approach, the front of the heat shield will near 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit, while the instruments tucked behind it will remain at a comfortable range, between – 4 F and 122 F above zero. With 10 scientific instruments, the Solar Orbiter is like a lab in orbit, designed to study the Sun and its outbursts in great detail. Now meet the woman who is responsible for making sure these instruments stay safe… Read more about The Solar Orbiter here.

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Anne studied engineering at a specialist Engineering school in France. Following this, she studied her Masters of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Anne is responsible for some of the scientific equipment onboard the Solar Orbiter. This requires her to combine all the knowledge she has to make sure the instruments onboard are safe and always in working condition. Meet Anne and hear more about her career below:

European Space Agency, ESA

At the European Space Agency, Anne works between the scientific teams who built the instruments for the spacecraft and the project team. A typical day involves problem-solving and ensuring smooth development of the Solar Orbiter between the different partners.

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Anne Pacros

Anne works at ESTEC. ESTEC develops and manages all types of space
missions including:
• science
• exploration
• telecommunications
• human spaceflight
• satellite navigation
• Earth observation

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