As part of Science Week 2020, pupils in Year 8 to Year 13 were lucky enough to take part in a webchat with Space and Planetary Scientist, Mark Bentley. Mark is currently working for the European Space Agency, working on BepiColombo, Europe's mission to Mercury, the smallest and least explored terrestrial planet in our Solar System. 

Mark dialed in from his home in Madrid to speak to a group of our keen physicians about his career path and answer a number of burning questions from the girls. He discussed what inspired him to become a space scientist, the training he undertook along with his career highlights so far. Mark also talked in detail about the mission he is currently working on, what they’re hoping to find, and what he’d love to work on next. 

The girls asked a fantastic range of inquisitive questions and gained invaluable insight into the potential careers ahead of them. 

A huge thank you to Mark for taking the time out of his busy schedule to talk to us!