I visited the Kennedy Space Center for the first time in the late 1970’s after moving to Florida with my parents. I knew then that my heart would forever belong to this space adventure and I would do anything to be part of it.
While my family always came first, spaceflight was never far from my thoughts. I wrote letters to astronauts, built rocket’s and visited KSC for the first rollout of the Space Shuttle Columbia. I also had the privilege of seeing the launch of STS-7, on which Sally Ride became the first American Woman in space. Yet, I continued to look for a path that would lead me to be part of this adventure.
Reaching for the Stars
My opportunity came while working on my Aerospace Technology degree; I had the opportunity to work at SpaceHab, Inc. in Cape Canaveral. While I was there several crews came to the facility for training, including STS-121 and STS-116. After training, SpaceHab modules as well as scientific pallets were sent to Kennedy Space Center to be loaded onto the Space Shuttle cargo bay and flown to the International Space Station where they remain on orbit today. The end of the program was the end of my time working on flight hardware. However my passion for spaceflight continued and has led me to where I am today.
I have had the opportunity to meet my heroes in the race to the moon, as well as many of the Space Shuttle astronauts who accomplished the impossible. They launched and repaired the Hubble Space Telescope, sent spacecraft to explore planets and built an International Space Station. I have been blessed to be part of the adventure if even in a small way.
I hope you’ll join me on my next space adventure.