I am an undergraduate student (scientific section) living in Qatar. I have a big interest in astronomy and astrophysics and have participated in the IOAA (International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics) and many other local olympiads.
Unfortunately here in Qatar we don't have Astronomy or Astrophysics as a major so I decided to go for Chemical Engineering to start. I'd like to ask:
- What aspects of Chemical Engineering are likely to be useful in Space Exploration? What are the "hot topics" or issues where chemists are needed?
- What steps might one take after finishing a Bachelor's degree in CE to advance a career in space sciences, exploration or spacecraft technology and differentiate it from that of a typical chemical engineer?