Bethany Downer

Posted on September 2nd, 2022

Bethany Downer (28) was born and raised in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, where she currently works from home as a public communicator for space. Her job is to bring “rocket science” down to Earth for the general public. Bethany believes that being inspired and excited by space starts with awareness and comprehension, which stems from effective communications and outreach. She is the Chief Science Communications Officer for the James Webb and Hubble Space Telescopes for the European Space Agency, and she is the Director of Communications for STAR HARBOR – the world’s first publicly accessible spaceflight training facility and research and development campus for space. Bethany has also worked for the International Astronomical Union, the Space Generation Advisory Council for the United Nations Programme on Space Applications, the UNESCO International Day of Light, among others. She also plans to partake in her first suborbital commercial spaceflight within the next five years. Bethany holds a Masters in Space Studies, and she has twice been named one of Canada’s Top 30 under 30, as well as being the recipient of Canada’s Sovereign’s Medal from the Governor General of Canada.