Brisbane Astrobiologist Abigail Allwood believes Australia can be more Involved in Space Race
Abigail Allwood, Brisbane astrobiologist, who will be leading the coming NASA's Mars 2020 rover mission, has a regret that she has not headed the task to find out evidence of extraterrestrial life from her own nation. She feels bad that Australia has not much involvement in space exploration.
Brisbane astrobiologist, Abigail Allwood, is the first Australian and first woman to head the upcoming NASA's Mars 2020 mission. She is not happy that her nation has limited involvement in space exploration.
Allwood was present at the Queensland University of Technology to receive an outstanding alumnus award from the science and engineering faculty. In her speech, Allwood stated that Australia has all the abilities to become a leader in space exploration.
Allwood said that Australia does not have proper funding or research opportunities in this field owing to which it has been losing some of the nation's brightest minds. Allwood firmly believes that Australia is able to be more involved in the space race.
"There are just some incredible Australian scientists overseas that would come work back here if they had similar opportunities ... I'd be one of them", stated Allwood. She feels that she has completed her education in Australia, but could not pursue the things that she wanted to in her nation.
One of the biggest drawback is Australia does not have a formal space agency. Its absence makes it very difficult for Australians to take part in opportunities, thinks Allwood. She affirmed that there are many great Australian scientists working overseas who want to come back to their nation and work provided there get the same opportunities that have overseas.
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