Phoenix (she/her) is a neurodivergent firebird with a PhD in Physics, a background in science communication, and a love of adventure. She was born and grew up in the south-east of England but has lived across the UK and beyond, and travels whenever and wherever she can.
Inspired by space, science and science fiction, Phoenix has twice applied, unsuccessfully, for the position of Astronaut with the European Space Agency, once reaching the final 400 candidates. She loves animals, especially dogs, and has provided a forever home to several rescue dogs. She has recently begun to explore data visualisation art and her first project, about the Soviet Space Dogs, combines these two loves and is being sold to raise money for dogs abandoned during the conflict in Ukraine. It shows the flights, and fates, of the dogs of the Soviet space programme from Dezik and Tsygan, the first dogs to leave the Earth, via Laika, the first animal to orbit the Earth, and Belka and Strelka, who were first to survive orbit, to Ugolyok and Veterok, who made the last and longest flight, spending 22 days in orbit.
Phoenix is learning Russian, with limited success, and still hopes to leave the planet eventually.