. 24/7 Space News .
Five future astronauts and a teacher you need to know
by Emily Louise Bowman for Share America News
Washington DC (SPX) Feb 13, 2019

file image only

All five of the women in NASA's latest class of astronaut candidates followed a passion for adventure and science to get where they are today and are inspirations for the next generation of NASA scientists.

Kayla Barron, Zena Cardman, Jasmin Moghbeli, Loral O'Hara and Jessica Watkins are nearing the end of two years of intensive training that began in August 2017. They were selected out of more than 18,300 applicants, the most NASA has ever received for a single class.

Zena Cardman
Interest in science started early for Zena Cardman, as evidenced by the book she made in elementary school that she recently shared on social media. Her research exhibitions have taken her from Antarctica to the Arctic. She studies microorganisms that thrive in harsh environments like caves, hydrothermal vents and even oil spills. Cardman believes studying organisms living in extreme conditions on Earth can help scientists looking for signs of life on other planets.

Loral O'Hara
Loral O'Hara grew up on NASA's doorstep, just 53 kilometers from Johnson Space Center, where the candidates are in training. As a student, she participated in a number of NASA programs that exposed her to advanced flight technology. She built a career in the private sector as an aerospace engineer, working on remotely operated vehicles similar to the ones NASA uses in its planetary explorations.

Jessica Watkins
Jessica Watkins has worked with NASA's California labs for years. Armed with a doctorate in geology, she studies the progression of land formations on Mars. She was on the team operating Curiosity, the Mars rover that discovered boron in Gale crater, a sign that the planet could have supported life at some point. As an astronaut, Watkins could be a part of NASA's first human mission to Mars in the 2030s.

Kayla Barron
Kayla Barron never considered a career in space until she met some astronauts at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum. By then, she had already made history as one of the Navy's first female submarine officers. When Barron was accepted by NASA, her boss, the superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy, told the Baltimore Sun that "America will fall in love with her."

Jasmin Moghbeli
Jasmin Moghbeli has been preparing for NASA's call since a 6th grade project on the first woman in space left her in awe. She attended Space Camp in high school and studied aeronautic engineering at MIT. When a Marine Corps recruiter told her military aviation was a woman's surest route to NASA's flight crew, she signed up as a fighter pilot. Moghbeli's family immigrated to the United States from Iran when she was young, and she credits this opportunity to their adopted home.

The five astronauts-in-training provide young girls with role models that STEM teachers like Laurie Sullivan greatly value. Sullivan teaches a class in Virginia called Project Discovery, an extracurricular STEM course that uses NASA resources to inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers and mathematicians.

She sees her female students enthusiastic about STEM when they are young, but become discouraged as they get older. To keep that passion alive, she tells them about scientists and astronauts as kids, and shows them overcoming challenges to reach the stars.

Related Links
NASA Astronaut Candidate Program
Space Tourism, Space Transport and Space Exploration News

Thanks for being there;
We need your help. The SpaceDaily news network continues to grow but revenues have never been harder to maintain.

With the rise of Ad Blockers, and Facebook - our traditional revenue sources via quality network advertising continues to decline. And unlike so many other news sites, we don't have a paywall - with those annoying usernames and passwords.

Our news coverage takes time and effort to publish 365 days a year.

If you find our news sites informative and useful then please consider becoming a regular supporter or for now make a one off contribution.
SpaceDaily Monthly Supporter
$5+ Billed Monthly

paypal only
SpaceDaily Contributor
$5 Billed Once

credit card or paypal

The case for leaving Earth
Bethesda, MD (SPX) Feb 12, 2019
Earth has been able to accommodate humans for thousands of years because natural resources that support life are plentiful. We have had the essentials for living - most notably air, water and minerals. Add the sun's energy and you have an ideal environment for the human race. However, scientists tell us that in about two billion years or so, as the sun approaches its expiration date, our star will expand in size and increase its energy emission rate in such a way that oceans will boil and the envi ... read more

Comment using your Disqus, Facebook, Google or Twitter login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

US to extend use of Russia's Soyuz for ISS missions until April 2020

The case for leaving Earth

Ex-Marine pilot dreams of ferrying folks into space

The future of human spaceflight in America

Raptor engine beats Russian RD-180 record in combustion chamber pressure says Musk

Arianespace orbits two telecommunications satellites on first Ariane 5 launch of 2019

SpaceX no-load test delayed

Launch of Unmanned US Dragon 2 Spacecraft to ISS Set for March 2

NASA to make final attempt to contact Mars Opportunity Rover

New study suggests possibility of recent underground volcanism on Mars

Developing a flight strategy to land heavier vehicles on Mars

NASA's MAVEN spacecraft shrinking its Mars orbit to prepare for Mars 2020 Rover

China improves Long March-6 rocket for growing commercial launches

Seed of moon's first sprout: Chinese scientists' endeavor

China to send over 50 spacecraft into space via over 30 launches in 2019

China to deepen lunar exploration: space expert

UAE to Host Conference for Heads of Arab States' Space Agencies in March

Space exploration educators conference makes education accessible for all teachers

Aerojet Rocketdyne's affordability and efficiency drive achieves success

Egypt to Host African Space Agency's Headquarters - Foreign Ministry

Scientists discover new type of magnet

New fabric automatically cools or insulates depending on conditions

Raytheon contract ceiling for Silent Knight development upped by $15M

Northrop Grumman awarded $17.4M for space tracking system

Scientists discover oldest evidence of mobility on Earth

NASA Selects New Mission to Explore Origins of Universe

Better to dry a rocky planet before use

Study shows unusual microbes hold clues to early life

Ultima Thule is more pancake than snowman, NASA scientists discover

New Horizons' evocative farewell glance at Ultima Thule

Sodium, Not Heat, Reveals Volcanic Activity on Jupiter's Moon Io

New Horizons' Newest and Best-Yet View of Ultima Thule

The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2024 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. All articles labeled "by Staff Writers" include reports supplied to Space Media Network by industry news wires, PR agencies, corporate press officers and the like. Such articles are individually curated and edited by Space Media Network staff on the basis of the report's information value to our industry and professional readership. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Statement Our advertisers use various cookies and the like to deliver the best ad banner available at one time. All network advertising suppliers have GDPR policies (Legitimate Interest) that conform with EU regulations for data collection. By using our websites you consent to cookie based advertising. If you do not agree with this then you must stop using the websites from May 25, 2018. Privacy Statement. Additional information can be found here at About Us.