Dora Klindžić was born in Slavonski Brod, Croatia, and is currently enrolled in a Master’s Study of Physics at the University of Zagreb. She competed in the Odysseus II Contest with her interdisciplinary paper on astrobiology and won first place on the national level. Presently, she is an intern at the Department of Astroparticle Physics at the Ruđer Bošković Institute, as well as a museum guide at the Nikola Tesla Museum of Technology and a freelance journalist, authoring reports on gender and media culture. In her spare time, she enjoys writing speculative fiction.
I was motivated by the fantastic opportunity to earn an internship in the space technology sector, as well as earning experience with writing original scientific work.
The most satisfying part of preparing our project was feeling the thrill of discovery for the first time – the feeling that we were inventing something new and creative that nobody has thought of before.
The most important lesson was that no project ever turns out as originally planned! There are always many unforeseeable twists and turns along the way, and a good scientist will find ways to adapt and work around them.
This project has only reaffirmed my decision to pursue a degree and career in space science.