Huntsville Space Camp Alumna Will Now Go To Space

Huntsville Space Camp Alumna Will Now Go To Space

In a series of events which makes it sound like somebody is doing a reboot of the 1986 movie of the same name, a Huntsville Space Camp alumna rocketed off to the International Space Station on July 6th, 2016. Her “short” visit to the ISS will last 4 months, during which time she will set a number of firsts in space, including being the first person to sequence DNA in a zero gravity environment. Dr. Kate Rubins was joined in her journey aboard the Soyuz spacecraft by Cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin and Japanese astronaut Takuya Onishi from the JAEA (Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency), Dr. Rubins becoming the 60th woman in space in the process.

Dr. Kathleen Hallisey Rubins had her first taste of space exploration when she attended Space Camp, at the U.S. Space and Rocket Centre in Huntsville, when she was in 7th grade, and her love of all things rocketry and science grew from there. She later studied for, and was awarded with, a Bachelor of Science degree in molecular biology from the University of California in San Diego.

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