Libby JacksonHuman Spaceflight: Principia Mission - UK Space Agency's Astronaut Flight Education Programme Manager

Libby Jackson has most of her career working in the field of human spaceflight operations. She currently manages the UK Space Agency's education programme for the British European Space Agency's astronaut Tim Peake's mission to the ISS, and before that was a Flight Director for the Columbus module, Europe's laboratory on the ISS. 


Libby has had a life-long interest in human spaceflight and first dreamt of a career in this when she was 17, following a placement which included shadowing a flight director at NASA's Johnson Space Centre in Houston, Texas. 

After graduating with a BSc in Physics from Imperial College and a Masters degree in Astronautics and Space Engineering from Cranfield University, Libby worked for Airbus Defence and Space in satellite operations.

In 2007, Libby headed to Munich and the Columbus Control Centre, working a flight controller and as an instructor of astronauts and other flight controllers. In 2010 she joined the team of Columbus Flight Directors, leading flight operations in Europe's Mission Control and looking after the crew and science experiments in the Columbus module. 

Libby returned to the UK in 2014 and joined the UK Space Agency, where she and the team are currently finalising their preperations for Tim Peake's mission, due to launch on December 15 2015. 

Year 12 Career Conference - Monday 16th November 2015