Welcome to my spaceflight training journey of preparation, reflection, and transformation. As part of my master’s degree, I am participating in aspects of civilian spaceflight training to better inform my research on the psychosocial components of astronaut selection and training.
As I go through the development of this program, I strive to actively contribute to a transitioning commercial space industry while positively impacting future astronaut selection and training programs. Additionally, I hope to inspire women to go after their dreams and pursue careers in traditionally male dominate industries. My personal training program consists of activities including a custom fitness program, microgravity training, simulation and g-force training, wilderness safety training, and expedition management.
I will be participating in each of these activities as a personal study to better understand the impacts and challenges future spaceflight participants could experience. Another motivation behind conducting this study is to consciously experience aspects of my own personal transformation. Although I may not be fully aware of each individual change as they happen, I will be able to look back and see the whole picture in detail upon completion. This journey is to take place over spring and fall semesters in 2018.
This journey is possible due to all of the support and encouragement I have received from my friends, family, and the aerospace community. As I continue forward, I am reminded of the wise words of a dear friend, “There’s more to explore!”
We began as wanderers, and we are wanderers still. We have lingered long enough on the shores of the cosmic ocean. We are ready at last to set sail for the stars.
~ Carl Sagan, Cosmos