By Roadtrip Nation

Laura Danly



My road in life has been direct.
For as long as she can remember, she wanted to study space; studied physics and got a Ph.D. in astronomy.
Worked as a postdoc at NASA's Hubble Space Telescope Science Institute.
Says that as a young female scientist, she often felt invisible, and she felt a lot of self-doubt.
But time and time again, her grades would best the boys in her classes, so she slowly gained confidence.
Took a huge leap leaving NASA-working for them had always been her dream, but she'd stagnated there.
Quit and spent some time traveling around India and Nepal; taking this break gave her more clarity about what she wanted to do with her life.
Says she's "restarted" her life half a dozen times; urges road-trippers to make changes if they reach a place where they're unhappy.
Believes that if you're scared about taking a big leap, you usually just need to take a deep breath and "jump out of the plane."
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I'm a spectroscopist specializing in ultraviolet observations from satellites to learn more about how galaxies evolve.

Career Roadmap

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My work combines:
Environment & Nature
Learning / Being Challenged


Challenges I Overcame