ASTRONAUT VISIT UNDERSCORES NASA COMMITMENT TO STUDENTS,
Astronaut Stephanie D. Wilson is Harvard educated, received a
master's degree from the University of Texas, worked as an engineer
for the former Martin Marietta Astronautics Group and, after being
selected for the astronaut corps in 1996, is assigned to the crew
of STS-120. She considers being a role model to America's students
and especially to today's young women a critical part of her job as
a female astronaut.
Wilson will visit Eaton Middle School, 2108 Cunningham Drive,
Hampton, at 10 a.m. Thursday, October 9, to address the student
body and present awards. Prior to her auditorium presentation, she
will meet with eight female students who have formed a special bond
with NASA's Langley Research Center. They have appeared in a
promotional video currently being used to encourage young women to
pursue careers in math, science and technology.
Reporters who are interested in meeting Astronaut Wise and the
Eaton Middle School girls who are assisting NASA in recruiting the
next generation of explorers, should call Marny Skora or Ann
Stephens to make arrangements to be admitted to the school.
Can you picture yourself working for NASA?
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Wilson was selected by NASA for the Astronaut Corps in April
1996 and reported to the Johnson Space Center in August. She
completed two years of training and evaluation, and is qualified as
a mission specialist. She was first assigned technical duties in
the Astronaut Office Space Station Operations Branch. More
recently, she served in the Astronaut Office CAPCOM Branch, working
in Mission Control as prime communicator with on-orbit crews.