This is probably going to sound a bit weird, but working on space physics-related instrumentation has made me feel free to love science in a way that I don’t think I have since high school. I don’t want to knock what I did for my PhD, because that was pretty damn cool and difficult and every time I go back and look at my thesis, I marvel that I had the patience to do that kind of experimental science. But somewhere along the way – and this may be a feature of most PhDs – I lost my enthusiasm. When I started working at Imperial, it returned in force and it’s staying with me. In my own small way, I feel I’m contributing to one of the things that made me love science in the first place: the idea that one day humans might be able to travel freely throughout our solar system. I’ve found where I belong, at least for the moment. It’s not just in England, it’s in space.