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NASA Astronaut Nichole Ayers

Nichole Ayers was selected as a NASA astronaut in 2021.

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Nichole Ayers

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Nichole Ayers was selected by NASA to join the 2021 Astronaut Candidate Class. She reported for duty in January 2022. The Colorado native graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. She later earned a master’s degree in computational and applied mathematics from Rice University in Houston. As one of the few women to have flown the F-22 Raptor, Ayers led the first-ever all-woman F-22 formation in combat in 2019.

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NASA Astronaut Nichole Ayers.
(6 December 2021) NASA Astronaut Nichole Ayers.
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