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.
That 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.
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.
“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.
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.