Saturday, April 1, 2017

SPOTLIGHT SATURDAY: A Ticket To Ride

by Maggie Sefton


                                                                                                                                 
As most of the regular Cozy Chicks Blog readers know, my daughter Serena (3rd out of four girls) is a NASA Astronaut, having been chosen for the 2009 Astronaut Corps.  She joined NASA as she was finishing up her Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Texas, Galveston, Texas, years ago in 2006.  She went on to get another residency in Aerospace Medicine.  Serena was a Flight Surgeon for NASA and as such participated in all sorts of medical research and the effects of space flight on the human body.  She also worked on the Orion.

She also was assigned to Star City, Russia several times to help provide medical support for the Russian Cosmonauts and our co-partners in space exploration.  Star City is the Russian equivalent of Johnson Space Center in Houston.  So she participated in even more research in that location which also necessitated her learning to speak and understand Russian.  I always found it fascinating to hear her speak Russian.  (But that's just me being a Mom. )  

Well, after several years waiting her turn, Serena has finally been assigned a "ticket to ride."  She will join the NASA Expedition 58 and 59 crews in November 2018.  I've copied a link to the NASA site.  Simply enter in the search box  "Upcoming International Space Station Crew Assignments."

All of us in the family are so happy for her.  She's worked very, very hard.  And she's followed her dream of being an Astronaut since she was 11 years old and watched the Space Shuttle launch.  Follow your dreams, folks.  They can really come true.  




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