I was born the same year that Sputnik-1 was launched, and as a kid I eagerly watched the Apollo Moon landings on television.
Having graduated in mathematics from the University of Oslo in 1981, I spent many years as a scientist and project leader for satellite remote sensing at the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment. I joined the Norwegian Space Centre in 2005, where I am now heading the department for Space and Earth Sciences.
I am currently also vice-chairman of the Programme Board for Space Situational Awareness in the European Space Agency. I also play many musical instruments and have written many songs. And, of course, I like space-rock songs from the 1960s and 1970s.
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