Roloff Victoria, Ms.
Please give us a personal quote or a quote of a famous person (e.g. of Albert Einstein) that describes you and your life/work.
“If I have seen further, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.” – Sir Isaac Newton
Please describe your job in only one sentence and tell us what the most important goal of this work is.
I currently work on the calibration of the Colour and Stereo Surface Imaging System (CaSSIS), in order to characterise and optimise the imager’s performance for when its spacecraft reaches Mars.
How did you get into this research/work field?
I studied astrophysics at undergraduate level and I was fascinated about the process by which data and observations of the universe become available to us: the often decades-long effort that goes into conception, design, testing instruments for their intended space environments, and communication with them after launch. I’ve been involved in the field of instrumentation ever since.
What would be the greatest discovery you would like to see in your life time?
The discovery of past or present life elsewhere in the solar system would be monumental.
You work for the NCCR PlanetS. What do you think will the NCCR enable you to do you couldn’t do without it?
I work in the remote sensing of planets, but I am also exposed to the study of the origin, evolution, and characterisation of planets and exoplanets. Working for the NCCR PlanetS gives me full visibility across many planetary science fields, encouraging planned as well as spontaneous collaboration and leading to a hugely enriched working environment.