HOUSTON – For the primary time in historical past, a local Houstonian will take command of the International Space Station.
Veteran Shannon Walker will settle for command of the house station on Thursday in a ceremony that may start at 2:45 p.m. CDT.
Walker is a veteran astronaut who was not solely born and raised within the Bayou Metropolis but additionally earned all three of her science levels right here.
Walker went to Westbury Excessive College, Meyerland Visible and Performing Arts Center College (previously Johnston Junior Excessive) and later Johnston Center College, and Parker Elementary. She graduated with a bachelor of arts in physics from Rice College in 1987 and went again to finish her grasp of science in 1992 and receiveda Ph.D. in house physics in 1993.
“Having the Johnson House Heart right here in my yard rising up, I used to be all the time conscious of what NASA was doing within the house program,” Walker informed NASA. “I’m so proud to characterize my hometown on the Worldwide House Station the place we conduct scientific analysis that may profit all of humankind.”
In keeping with NASA’s website, Walker is a member of NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 mission that flew to the house station on the Crew Dragon Resilience spacecraft, the primary industrial human spacecraft system. Walker and the Expedition 64 crew have labored on a number of experiments, together with tissue chips that mimic the construction and performance of human organs to know the function of microgravity on human well being and ailments and translate these findings to enhance human well being on Earth, NASA officers say.
“We wish to name Johnson House Heart the house of the astronauts, and all of them reside right here whereas they’re coaching and supporting human spaceflight,” Johnson Director Mark Geyer mentioned. “However in Shannon’s case, she’s a homegrown Houstonian, and we couldn’t be prouder for our group to have her representing House Metropolis as commander of the house station.”
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