He remembers that he wanted to study the outer space when he was a boy. Miguel Ángel López Valverde is an expert on Mars’ high atmosphere. He coordinates the European project Upwards from the Andalusian Institute of Astrophysics. Seven institutions from five different countries are part of this project. Miguel Ángel López Valverde has also participated in the creation of Noman, an instrument that travels on the European Space Mission ExoMars 2016.