MISSION STATEMENT NANCY VERMEULEN
Space is a gateway to knowledge and a main driver of innovation and social evolution.
Scientist, pilot and space ambassador Nancy Vermeulen seeks to spread that knowledge through public talks, workshops and space trainings. In this mission statement, Nancy Vermeulen explains how her childhood dream turned into a personal mission to change the world.
I WAS A GIRL WITH A DREAM
When I was a young girl, I loved to look up at the sky. In my imagination, I could see myself do incredible things. Travel through space, discover new worlds. I felt a deep connection with the universe, the stars and everything around us. I couldn’t wait to find out what was waiting for us out there. So I started chasing my dream of becoming an astronaut.
I BECAME THE CAPTAIN OF MY OWN LIFE
Every decision I made from then on was inspired by that dream, from my hobbies to my career choices. And I had to be patient, as the road was long and filled with obstacles. Along the way, I faced enormous challenges, both physically and mentally. On my path, I came across amazing and supportive people. But I also faced judgement, prejudice, and discrimination. I felt the world was not ready for my ambitions. But I stood tall, and decided to become the captain of my own life.
TODAY, I AM A PUBLIC SPEAKER AND A MULTI-DISCIPLINARY RESEARCHER
I obtained a degree in astrophysics, an airline pilot license, a ticket to the ESA astronaut selection programme. I worked for several well-respected scientific institutions. I even led a Mars simulation mission in the Utah desert. Today, I am a multi-disciplinary researcher, a public speaker and the founder of my own space training academy. My true mission is to share the beauty of outer space with others. I want to spread the knowledge and skills that I have picked up along the way.
MY MISSION IS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
As a public speaker, I want to touch and inspire those people who dare to follow their dreams in a world that is so eager to hold them back. And as a researcher, I want to contribute to interdisciplinary research that will make our world a better place. I want people to look up at the sky and see the bigger picture, even if it is just for a moment. We are all on this planet together and we will have to learn to work together if we want to survive as a species. Race, gender, religion, politics: these are all artificial problems and completely irrelevant when seen from space. More importantly, these things are distracting us from our real purpose. There is no you versus me. There is us, together in the vastness of space, trying to survive.