Suzie Imber is an Associate Professor of Planetary Science at the University of Leicester. She
specialises in studying space weather; understanding the impact of the solar wind on the
magnetised planets, in particular the Earth and Mercury. Suzie is a Co-Investigator on the X-
ray spectrometer on board the joint ESA/JAXA BepiColombo spacecraft launching in October
2018 and arriving at Mercury in 2025.
Suzie was also the winner of the recent BBC 2 series entitled ‘Astronauts: Do You Have What
it Takes?’ during which twelve candidates were put through astronaut training with NASA
astronaut Chris Hadfield. She endured challenges such as taking her own blood, speaking
Russian while in a centrifuge at 5g and carrying out emergency procedures on the NASA
undersea astronaut training facility, Aquarius. Suzie will receive a letter of recommendation
from Chris Hadfield to support her application to the European Space Agency astronaut
Suzie was an England U21 lacrosse player, an elite rower, and is now a high altitude
mountaineer. She has written computer code to automatically identify mountains in South
America, and found hundreds of mountains that had never been identified before. She sets
off annually to scale these incredibly remote, unclimbed mountains, exploring new regions
of our planet and even discovering Incan ruins on the summits.