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Dimitrios Athanasopoulos


I am Dimitrios Athanasopoulos and I study Physics at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Department of Physics in Greece.

My research interests are Observational and Computational Astrophysics and also Planetary and Exoplanetary Science. I participated in ODYSSEUS II contest with the project M.U.S.H.ROOM. (Moon Underground: Space Humanity’s ROOM) achieving 3rd place. Now, I am working as a senior student on a thesis on the design and construction of an asteroid base.

What motivated you most to participate to Odysseus contest?

The theme of the European contest ODYSSEUS is Space and for me that’s enough reason to participate. Furthermore, the chance to get an internship to E.S.A. as a prize gave me a goal to strive for.

What did you enjoy when you prepared your project?

Making a project you dive in an endless cycle of discovering problems and finding solutions. When you solve a problem there is always another one waiting for you around the corner, for many that is just frustrating, but I find this a good opportunity to learn.

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

I learned how to search and use information from other papers and the way of using data for physics simulations.

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

I always knew that physics is the right field for me. However, after the completion of the project and the end of the competition I am more than interested in continuing my postgraduate studies in Planetary Science or Astrophysics and Space Science in general.