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Andreas Vatistas


I am Andreas Vatistas and I am a member of PLANet B team from Greece- which won third place honours and the ‘technical merit’ award in the Pioneer’s category of Odysseus Contest 2017.

I found out that I am interested in Maths, Physics and Astronomy, when I was very young, as I would always try to understand how certain phenomena work. Thus, I grasp every opportunity to participate in contests or lessons regarding these subjects, such as the Odysseus competition.

I have participated in many competitions so far, winning some, but learning a lot in every one.

I am currently a student (3rd grade of Highschool) of Zanneio Experimental Lyceum of Piraeus.

I also enjoy playing the guitar and I am a football player of Ethnikos Piraeus (3rd division, Greece).

What motivated you most to participate in Odysseus contest?

The Odysseus Contest has something that immediately sparked my interest. You have to combine everything you know and have learned in school or alone all these years in order to create a project. The procedure was really difficult but at the same time extremely interesting, as I hoped it would be when I (we) thought about competing.

What did you enjoy when you prepared your project?

The whole procedure of the preparation was great. I really enjoyed the fact that as we decided we had to create a new approach to discovering exoplanents and that the results were fantastic. Also, we had lots of fun with my team members and teacher while preparing our project (Exoplanet Pursuit).

What was the most important thing that you learned during the preparation of your project?

The preparation of the project offered me the chance to learn how a scientific project can be created. I believe that this was the most important thing I learned from the Odysseus Contest.

Has the work done for your project affected your decision for studies in space science?

Space is something really intriguing for me and the more I learn about it, the more passionate I become. In the Odysseus Contest, I learned lots of things about space and therefore I was surely affected. I consider myself studying something in the future that has to do with space related activities.