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Jessica Watkins Joins NASA’s Newest Astronaut Class

jessica watkins29-year-old Jessica Watkins has been chosen from among 18, 300 applicants to join NASA’s 2017 Astronaut Candidate Class.

Watkins holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Geological and Environmental Sciences from Stanford University and a Doctorate in Geology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and has been working with NASA since she was an undergrad. 

Her experience includes providing supporting research for the Phoenix Mars Lander mission, prototyping drill testing for Mars exploration, serving chief geologist for the NASA Spaceward Bound Crew 86 at the Mars Research Station in 2009, and participating in the NASA Planetary Science Summer School at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).

She commented,

“I was originally inspired by an after-school enrichment program at Judith Resnik Elementary.”

We’re proud of you, queen!

By: Danielle Dixon

Follow her on Twitter: @tooprettydani


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