Manuel, how did you hear about the opportunity to get involved with Asteroid Day?
Initially, I got asked by my school in Germany to take an internship in a profession that I am interested in. I wasn’t exactly sure what to do, but I was interested in working in the space sector. In addition, I always wanted to go to the USA. So I researched and applied online for space organisations in the States, landing at the B612 Foundation / Asteroid Day in California.
What were some of the roles you held while interning for Asteroid Day?
Supporting Asteroid Day event hosts was one of my main tasks. I answered their questions, handed out materials and helped very motivated people to host their own local Asteroid Day events, from Chile to India.
Additionally, I was responsible for maintaining and extending the WordPress website by designing new pages and writing bits and pieces of code. Making sure it doesn’t fall apart or catch fire when thousands of people access it at once was part of it.
And during the first Asteroid Day LIVE in Luxembourg, I administered the live calls coming into the studio from scientists around the globe. Everyone needed to be synced in time, have a stable connection and be prepared for their interviews.