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Bethany Downer

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I am also a scientist-astronaut candidate as part of Project PoSSUM, the first and only crewed suborbital research program. Research is conducted in aeronomy, bioastronautics, and human factors to provide a foundation for future space missions. 


Through this program, I am a proud member of the PoSSUM 13, a group of thirteen female Scientist-Astronaut Candidates who serve as global ambassadors in increasing opportunity and representation for students — and especially young women — who have a passion for space science and exploration.

I am passionate about explaining the scientific and technical aspects of space to broader audiences for general comprehension and engagement.


I work as a freelancer for space companies, organizations, academia and individuals to do communications and outreach for space. This can be anything from summarizing a scientific article or specific technology in simple English for a a new demographic (such as the general public, kids, non-space professionals, or potential investors), website design for a new space start-up, public speaking for space companies and organizations at professional events or conferences, coordinating international astronomy events, social media content development, writing of announcements or press releases, and event planning support.

Please get in touch to discuss how I can do work for you to communicate your science, technology, research or project to a broader audience!

Bethany Downer

Hometown: St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada

BSc from Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada

MSc from the International Space University, France

I strongly believe this is an important time for everyone to get involved with and knowledgeable about the activities of the space industry. Many are intimidated by the term "rocket science" and thus perceive the industry's findings, science and advances as being incomprehensible or beyond public understanding. My primary professional goal is to communicate everything space in a way that it can be easily understood, valued, and shared by the general public. I am personally motivated to educate about how the space industry needs qualified individuals of all backgrounds. 

Recent Accolades

•Space Generation Leadership Award 2019

•St. John's Women of Distinction Award 2019: Science and Technology Category

•Memorial University Horizon Alumni Award 2018

•Awarded the 35 Under 35 in Space Award in 2018 by the International Institute of Space Commerce

•Named one of the Top 24 Under 24 in the World in STEAM and Space in 2018 by The Mars Generation
​•Named one of Canada's Top 30 Leaders and Innovators Under 30 in 2017 by The Bay Street Bull

•Awarded the Alpha Centauri Prize for Individual Research Project in 2017 by the British Interplanetary Society and the International Space University 

•Named one of the Canadian Top 30 Under 30 in 2016 by The Corporate Knights

•Named Memorial University's Student Leader of The Year - The David Kirkland Student Leadership Award 2016 

•Named twice to Canada's Top 25 Under 25 in Sustainability 2015 and 2016 by The Starfish Canada