NASA’s last space shuttle mission launched today in Florida, and the crew proudly includes one female crew member!
The space shuttle Atlantis lifted off this morning in Florida, marking the final mission of America’s 30-year-space shuttle program! Sandy Magnus is the only female member of the Atlantis crew, and she and her fellow male crew members made history today. The crew is currently embarking on a 12-day journey to the international space station.
Sandy began working with NASA in 1996, completing her first flight into space in 2002. This final NASA trip will be Sandy’s third, and final, trip into space.
Since being selected for this honorable mission in Sept., Sandy has spent months preparing. The crew has been extensively studying the shuttle in preparation for their trip.
Sandy is thrilled to be a part of such an historic event. “There is a certain amount of luck why we’re all here; you know fate has a hand to play in any crew assignment and so we’re all very fortunate to be on this one and very honored,” she said at a NASA press conference last March.
Are you glad that women were represented on the last space shuttle mission? What do you think of the program ending its 30 year run?