Haritina Mogosanu – Curator, Milky-Way.Kiwi

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Hello and welcome!

Saluting from the Mars Desert Research Station – KiwiMars expedition

I am an astrobiologist and a science communicator about all things space-related, but especially human space exploration, astrobiology and astronomy. I work with a wide variety of projects that involve people and working with the media; I decided to write this blog as one of my ways of engaging with like-minded space-heads.

What do you see when you look (out) to the stars?

About my Personal journey

‘To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.’ -Ulysses by Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809–1892)

My passion is in the stars. And with the help of the stars, I strive to encourage, share my success stories, and support others to seek and hold their personal legend.


I love the stars and, since I was about six years old, knew that my life was going to be linked to them. It took a little wobble to get there so instead of an astronomer I became first a biologist, then a science communicator and finally an astrobiologist. But ‘what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger’, they say. And it was not easy because I kept hearing the call and for a long time I was not sure what to do about it. My hero’s path had ups and downs, as some do. However …

During my journey I came to realise that the biggest obstacles I had to overcome in life were of my own making.  Some of us do create obstacles unintentionally, most of the time. We do all sorts of things to ourselves that make us feel good or bad. I found out that in life, we really do have a choice: to keep building obstacles on our path or learn how to be free.
My most treasured value is freedom. What always motivates me to go beyond all boundaries is inspiration. My inspiration comes from the stars. While I am constantly complimented on my energy and enthusiasm, it’s the inspiration that drives me. And so anyone driven by inspiration can move mountains, fly to the Moon, stop wars, take good care of Earth and become anything they dream about.

If I could make a wish for the humankind, I would wish that all people could follow their dreams. This is not a given in our world yet, but I choose to hope. And I have faith that telling our success stories is making the difference for others.

I also believe that culture is merely a set of instructions handed down by our ancestors for generations and shaped by geographical constraints to ensure our best survival. That culture is not a reason to start a war. I wish that people understand that progress comes from sharing the knowledge, and they also understand extinction is forever!

“Destiny is not a matter of chance; it is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.” – William Jennings Bryan

More than anything, my dream is to show people that we are really made of stardust and because of that everything is possible.

2013 Crew
Speaker at TEDx Christchurch 2013 – Made in the Heart of Stars

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