Kathryn Thornton lecture inspires STEM students, space lovers

By Jill O’Brien. This article was published on iowastatedaily.com. Click here to read the article in its entirety.  As part of the Women’s Leadership Series, Kathryn Thornton spoke about her time working for NASA on Monday night in the Sun Room of the Memorial Union. Thornton worked at NASA for 12 years, participating in three … Continue reading Kathryn Thornton lecture inspires STEM students, space lovers

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Michaela Antolak: ‘If I can’t be an astronaut, I’ll build the rockets’

A strict series of physical requirements must be met in order to earn the coveted position of a NASA astronaut: 20/20 corrected vision, 140/90 blood pressure, and a height between 62 and 75 inches. At 5 feet tall, only two inches separated Michaela Antolak from her lifelong dream. Growing up near the Johnson Space Center, … Continue reading Michaela Antolak: ‘If I can’t be an astronaut, I’ll build the rockets’

CoE alum confident NASA will rebound from ‘limbo’

Iowa State grad Clayton Anderson says the United States will eventually put people on Mars. NASA will fight through its current budget- and politics-inspired malaise to continue space station missions and build toward a trip to Mars, a now-grounded Iowa State University-educated astronaut predicted Thursday. Astronaut Clayton Anderson, who spent five months on the International … Continue reading CoE alum confident NASA will rebound from ‘limbo’

AerE alum returns to space

NASA astronaut and Iowa State University AerE alum Clay Anderson has been named to the crew of the space shuttle Discovery for a mission to the International Space Station early next year. This will be Anderson’s second assignment in space, following a five-month stint onboard the International Space Station in 2007.