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Bethany Downer

ESA Hubble Public Information & Press Officer
Scientist-Astronaut candidate
Bethany Downer was born and raised in St. John's, Newfoundland and currently works around the world in the domain of outreach and communications for space. Based in western Europe, she currently manages the outreach of the Hubble Space Telescope for the European Space Agency and is a member of the International Astronomical Union's IAU100 Secretariat as a communications and global event coordinator. Bethany volunteers as the communications and public relations coordinator for the Space Generation Advisory Council. Bethany is also the first scientist-astronaut candidate from Atlantic Canada as part of the first and only crewed suborbital research program that studies the upper mesosphere through polar suborbital research. Bethany is a strong advocate and public figure from women in STEAM and aims to encourage young women to pursue their respective goals and passions. At 25 years old, she is the youngest-ever recipient of Memorial University's Horizon Alumni award, which she received in 2018, and has twice been named one of Canada's top 30 Under 30.


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