Academia is a Pyramid Scheme

Dr. Tanya Harrison
8 min readAug 28, 2020

When it comes to space, academia isn’t the only game in town.

SpaceX Starlink launch, June 2020. Image credit: SpaceX (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Space has been my career goal since I was a child. As a teenager, I began looking in earnest into what exactly that would entail, reaching out to local space advocacy groups and folks working in aerospace for guidance. From this I formulated my 5-step plan:

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Dr. Tanya Harrison

Professional Martian who's worked on rocks and robots on the Red Planet on multiple NASA Mars missions