Solar physicist

“NASA’s a great place to work because it lets me do what I wanted to do when I was a kid, and what I’ve always wanted to do is be a scientist.”

Jack was inspired to go for a career in space science by reading books about the sun and moon when he was a child. 

That early interest led him to the University of Glasgow to study physics and to his current job - at NASA, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration - in America.

Now working at the Goddard Space Flight Centre in Maryland, he explores and analyses how the sun works. 

He’s also worked for the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, a joint mission between NASA and the European Space Agency.

Jack says: "If you're lucky you can find something that no-one else has seen before or explain something that no-one else has explained before; that's a very powerful and unique feeling."


The banner photo shows a solar flare on the sun captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory at the Goddard Space Flight Centre, September 28 2015. Photo credits: NASA/SDO.


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