When did you know that you wanted to become an astronaut?
In Their Own Words: Jeanette J. Epps
I think many people dream of becoming an astronaut, most, however, never pursue it. My life has been geared toward it indirectly with the hope of becoming a viable candidate. However, it wasn't until Spring '08 that, because of the encouragement of a close friend, I realized that I would be a viable candidate and that I should apply.
What was it that inspired this goal and what steps did you take to get there?
The NASA mission has always inspired me because I have a great desire to help further our understanding of the world we live in and the universe. I pursued a career in science and technology in an effort to contribute. I also have a desire to encourage young students to pursue careers in science and help contribute because I believe everyone can help and has a part to play!
What was your reaction to hearing that you were selected?
I was truly shocked because of the caliber of people I met during the interview process -- I met some of the most amazing inspirational people. It is a huge honor to have been selected!
What are some of your hobbies, interests and special talents?
One of my favorite hobbies/interests is working with kids of all ages to teach them about science and technology. Other hobbies that I have, when I am not working, include traveling, reading, and trying as many new things as I can!