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Radoslava Hatalová


My name is Radoslava, I am 15 years old and I am studying first year at Grammar school in Slovakia. I have been interested in astronomy and space science since I was a little girl, but the first contest in that area that I carried out, was 6 years ago.


  • ODYSSEUS II Contest (2016 – national winners)
  • Slovak competition “What do you know about the stars?” (2013 – regional round, 2014 – national round, 2015 – national round, 2016 – national round)
  • Astronomical seminary (2011/2012 – 1st prize, 2014/2015 – 1st prize, 2015/2016 – 1st prize)
  • Mathematical Olympiad (2015, 2016)
  • Physics Olympiad (2015, 2016)
  • Chemistry Olympiad (2016)
  • Czech-Slovak contest “Expedice Mars” (2013 – final group)
  • On the road with telescope (2012 – second prize)


When I was at primary school I was also a member of the astronomy group for 5 years. I am still a member of that group, not as student, but I help with the organization. We do various activities and trips related to astronomy there. Aside from astronomy I also like drawing (I am studying my 10th year at Art School), travelling and playing volleyball.

What motivated you most to participate to Odysseus contest?

Well, I want to try something new. I thought it would be a good chance to make new experiences, meet new people – people with similar interests, but maybe completely different. And by making this project I wanted to refer to some problems we have on Earth, like light pollution or human attitude towards nature. And if we don´t stop, we will destroy everything.

What did you enjoy when you prepared your project?

Our project contained a story. I liked writing it with my teammate. We wanted to have a story from the future, but with real facts so we had to find lots of information. I really enjoyed it.

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

I learned lots of important things during the preparation of our project, but I think the most important thing I learned is that, if we work like a team, we can do anything, however if you work on your own it is very difficult.

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

I have not completely decided about my future studies, but I like space science and I hope that somehow I will devote my time to this area in the future.