Oxford physicist and professional ballerina battles to become astronaut in new BBC show
Merritt Moore is not the only small child to dream of becoming an astronaut, ploughing through story books and learning the constellations from her back garden.
But she may be the only one on the cusp of realising that dream via a career as a professional ballerina and Oxford physicist.
Moore, now 29, is bidding to become the new Tim Peake after joining a crew of hopefuls in a gruelling astronaut training programme for the BBC.
She is one of 12 selected for the BBC’s new elimination series, Astronauts: Have You Got What It Takes?
Watch the video created by Oxford Sparks about a Day in the Life of Merritt.