Not everyone has the physicality to be an astronaut, or the PhD to be a scientist, but James Parr, founder of the Open Space Agency, realised that there were people out there with other skills that could still make a very meaningful contribution to space exploration.
“I’d always been inspired by the space programme… so when I started working with NASA, all my space dreams came out again.”
James and his colleagues have worked on projects big and small – from a whisky glass that works in zero gravity, to 3D printing lunar habitats.
“I love the fact that there is a real purpose to this work,” he says. “Much of it is far beyond my capabilities, but I get to work with amazing people. It’s nice holding the rudder for the geniuses!”
Photography by Nicholas JR White