With absolute success, 21-year-old Eleni Charitonos completed the particularly difficult training as an Analog Astronaut, at the LunAres Research Station in Poland, where she remained for almost three weeks.
According to an announcement, the important mission of Eleni, to which she gave the name “Yperion”, to remind her of her homeland, is the first step to the realization of her biggest dream, to conquer space and become the first Cypriot astronaut.
During her training, Eleni Charitonos, a student in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Glasgow, conducted field tests, simulations that have physical similarities to extreme space environments, going through various stages of training a regular astronaut.
At the same time, she presented her own research on “Space Pandemics”, under the supervision of Dr. Luke Daly, Lecturer in Planetary Geoscience at the School of Geography & Earth Sciences at the University of Glasgow, thus putting her own little stone in the international attempts to decipher life beyond the earth.
“My stay at LunAres Research Station was for me a real school of life, something that confirmed to me once again that without effort and hard work it is impossible to achieve our dreams,” said Eleni Charitonos.
“The great degree of difficulty, but also the requirements of my instructors, pushed me to exceed my limits, proving to myself that when we want we can even reach the distance”, the 21-year-old student pointed out. “I lived a dream and I will continue to live it, until I reach my final goal, to become the first Cypriot astronaut,” he said.