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Astronaut Abby to Attend Soyuz Launch

Mar 19 2013, 9:01am CDT | by , in News | Technology News

Astronaut Abby to Attend Soyuz Launch
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Looks like becoming an astronaut is cool again amongst teenagers. Meet 15 year old astronaut-in-training Abigail Harrison. Her plan is to be the first astronaut on Mars.

High School Sophomore and Astronaut-in-Training, Abigail Harrison (Abby), will be the only American teenager in attendance at the Russian Soyuz launch, Soyuz-TMA-09M, in Kazakhstan on May 28, 2013.

Abby will be a special VIP guest of her mentor, Italian Astronaut Luca Parmitano. Her goal for this upcoming adventure is to share her experience with young, budding scientists throughout the country and bring the STEM {Science Technology Engineering Mathematics} model to the forefront of the education conversation.  

For Abigail Harrison, STEM education has been life-changing. Inspired by her teachers and their love of science, Harrison has created opportunities for herself to witness several Space Shuttle launches in person, built relationships with NASA, the European Space Agency, the Canadian Space Agency and the Russian Federal Space Agency, and has had the privilege and honor to meet and have received guidance from several astronauts, scientists and engineers from around the world.

"Attending the Russian Soyuz launch is truly a dream come true and it gets me that much closer to my life's goal of landing on Mars in 2030," said Harrison. "I am so grateful for this amazing opportunity and am determined to share my experience to inspire and educate kids everywhere, showing them how much fun science can be."  Watch Abby make the announcement below. Follow Astronaut Abby on her blog.

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