Astro-Explorer

Poetry on Mars

Nov 8th, 2013 | By | Category: Astro-Explorer, NASA

While in the HI-SEAS habitat I wanted to challenge myself creatively and I also wanted to inspire people to follow the mission. So I decided to learn about poetry. Up until this point I didn’t know anything about poetry. But I found a website that listed the different poetic forms. So over the 4-month mission […]



My Newest Adventure: To Mars!

Mar 14th, 2013 | By | Category: Astro-Explorer, Current Topics of Interest, NASA

Hello Everyone, Sorry I have been away so long. I have been working on a new project called HI-SEAS: Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation. I will be spending 4 months living in a Mars simulated environment in Hawaii. The study takes place from April – August, 2013. I am the education outreach officer for […]



HI-SEAS Project

Jun 17th, 2012 | By | Category: Astro-Explorer, Current Topics of Interest, NASA

Hello everyone, I would like to share with you my latest adventure. I have been selected to participated in a Mars Analog Food Study. The purpose of this study is to understand what foods would work best for a mission to Mars. The crew consists of 9 individuals, six of which will be chosen to […]



Phoenix Comicon

May 31st, 2012 | By | Category: Astro-Explorer, Edu-Explorer, NASA, Presentations, Reality T.V., Tele-Explorer

I had a terrific time presenting at the Phoenix Comicon. I gave two panels. The first was on my 2009 NASA astronaut experience. At first I didn’t think people would be interested but my comicon contact assured me that the Sci-fi crowd cared equally about both the fictional and real world of space exploration. My […]



NASA Quilt

Mar 9th, 2011 | By | Category: Astro-Explorer, NASA

My good friend Dee surprised me with an early B-day present. It all started in 2004 when I spent a summer at Kennedy Space Center. While at KSC I picked up mission patches starting with Mercury and ending with Challenger’s last mission. I knew I wanted to make a quilt but didn’t have the equipment […]



Final Results from NASA Astronaut Candidate Application 2009

Jul 3rd, 2009 | By | Category: Astro-Explorer, NASA, Space Exploration

Dear family and friends, As you know my journey to become a part of the 20th Astronaut class has come to an end. On June 22nd I received a call from Astronaut Sunita Williams. She was really nice as she informed me that I didn’t get selected and encouraged me to try again. Me with […]



On the Road to Goddard Space Flight Center

May 16th, 2009 | By | Category: Astro-Explorer, NASA

We had our graduation at South Mountain Community College (SMCC) and I said goodbye to my colleagues and students. Dr. Alisa Cooper is a good friend who is transferring from SMCC to a sister college (Glendale Community College) and this was our last graduation ceremony together. I also handed out tokens of appreciation to colleagues […]



Call From NASA

Apr 7th, 2009 | By | Category: Astro-Explorer, NASA

Dear Family and Friends, At my age I don’t expect really cool birthday gifts but yesterday I got the best belated gift ever, a call from NASA. To recap the situation, NASA conducted 2nd interviews with 40 individuals from the original pool of ~120 candidates. I went on the first interview but didn’t make the […]



NASA SLSTP Program

Mar 24th, 2009 | By | Category: Astro-Explorer, NASA

I participated in this program back in 2004 but I thought some of you might enjoy reading about the experience. Spaceflight and Life Sciences Training Program NASA Kennedy Space Center Tuesday June 2 – Wednesday July 21, 2004 Class of 2004 I packed my bags and boarded a plane for Orlando, Florida. My destination: NASA. […]



My NASA Astronaut Interview

Jan 16th, 2009 | By | Category: Astro-Explorer, NASA

These last few days have been some of the best of my life. I interviewed for my dream job and in the process I got to meet some amazing people. What more could you ask for? Interviewing for the Astronaut Program isn’t just about the interview. It begins with meeting your astronaut candidate group. These […]