Fatoumata Kebe: “You must always aim for the moon because, even if you fail, you land in the stars”

Boubacar Diallo

Franco-Malian scientist Fatoumata Kebe wants to revolutionize the field of astronomy by looking for solutions to eradicate space debris. At 30, this doctoral student in astronomy has established herself in the world of astronomy. She is one of 18 “women in space” whose portrait was exhibited at the Museum of Arts and Crafts and on the railings of the Paris Observatory garden last year.

For this specialist in space debris management, the passion for the stars came to her very early. Indeed, from the age of 8, Fatoumata discovered an encyclopedia of astronomy in her father’s affairs. She is literally fascinated by the stars and constellations that line the structure. Determined to limit pollution of space, this master’s in engineering saw her dreams come true in 2009, when she participated in training at NASA. Its immersion in space will be final. “When I saw the sky, I was lost, I couldn’t find my bearings at all. I realized that I knew the theory but that, practical level, it was zero “, she comments.

In Mali, she is leading the “Connected Eco” project, which enables farmers to know the condition of their soil using solar energy collectors.

Winner of the world competition for young innovators from the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Fatoumata Kebe is working on a method of cleaning up space and is seeking funding to carry out feasibility tests.


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