Aspiring astronaut known for serving as Luca Parmatino's Earth Liaison during his 2013 trip on the Soyuz-TMA-09M. After graduating high school, she was accepted to Wellesley College, the alma mater of former astronaut Pamela Melroy.
Her interest in the field started at a young age and she was part of the Minnesota Public School GEMS (Girls in Engineering, Math, and Science) in the fifth grade.
She made varsity in gymnastics, dive team, and track and field while in high school. She delivered a TEDx talk in 2013.
She grew up in Minnesota, home of astronauts like Robert D. Cabana.
She met her mentor Luca Parmitano while waiting at an airport.