Ayshah Tull and Maggie Aderin-Pocock
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More black scientists needed, says Maggie Aderin-Pocock

1 July 2014 Last updated at 09:01 BST

Sky At Night presenter Maggie Aderin-Pocock comes from a poor background, and is now one of the top space scientists in the country.

This week a survey commissioned by Newsround suggested that black children were less likely to want to be doctors and scientists when compared with children from other backgrounds.

But Maggie did want to be a scientist and now she's famous for her astronomy work.

She tells Ayshah how she was inspired to work in science, how she coped with her dyslexia, and how she believes that people from all backgrounds should feel they can have a career in science.

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