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Mario D'Amore, Italy

34-year-old Mario D'Amore from Italy has been fascinated by far-off worlds since he was a child. Today, he works at the German Aerospace Center in Berlin.

He analyzes a range of rock samples in a specially designed laboratory. He can use the insights he gains to decipher the chemical make-up of other planets such as Mars or Mercury. In his free time, Mario D'Amore tinkers with electronic components and dreams of developing research instruments for space expeditions.