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Samuel Leske

Samuel Leske

Sam’s space science journey began in 1986 when observing Halley’s Comet with a pair of old broken binoculars. This sparked a life-long passion for science and space which followed him through a 24 year career in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, first as a pilot and then as an intelligence officer.

His military career included flying the Hawker Siddeley Andover, commanding New Zealand forces in Timor Leste and serving as the Deputy Commander of the International Stabilisation Force there. He was also a diplomat in London. His formal education includes a Bachelor of Science from the University of New South Wales and a Master of Philosophy from Massey University and he is currently studying for a Master of Science in Astrophysics. Following his military career Sam joined the Ministry for Primary Industries where he works in Biosecurity. He is also the Chair of the New Zealand Institute of Intelligence Professionals, a position which he has held for three years.

Sam has spent thousands of hours out in the cold and dark learning the night sky and operating a variety of telescopes in the United Kingdom and New Zealand. He is an accomplished astrophotographer with his work published in BBC’s Sky at Night magazine and also in Astronomy Now. It’s this hands on knowledge of astronomy and the night sky combined with his array of experiences and awareness of the space industry that drives him to communicate space science.

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