Sandy also talks about the DiscoverE Educator Awards, honoring those who inspire our next generation of scientists, engineers & astronauts!
Dr. Sandra (Sandy) Magnus flew in space on the STS-112 shuttle mission in 2002, and on the final shuttle flight, STS-135, in 2011. In addition, she flew to the International Space Station on STS-126 in November 2008, and returned home after four and a half months on board. She has received numerous awards, including the NASA Space Flight Medal, the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, the NASA Exceptional Service Medal, and the 40 at 40 Award. Sandy will soon be announced as co-chair of DiscoverE, an organization that supports science and engineering education, and fosters the growth of a dynamic engineering profession in the U.S.
Sandy — who now serves as the executive director of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (the world’s largest aerospace professional society) — discusses her space travels including her months-long stay on the International Space Station, her inspiration for becoming an astronaut, and the future of the space program. Most importantly, she addresses why it’s vital to instill a strong science & engineering education among young students in our country and what DiscoverE is doing to support this effort.
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