NASA Launch


2002 Marshall Scholar and NASA Astronaut Anne  C. McClain launches to the International Space Station on December 3rd, 2018 for a six-and-a-half month mission. Lieutenant Colonel Anne McClain serves aboard the Soyuz M-11 as a flight engineer with two others member of the Expedition 58 crew.
Lt. Col McClain earned a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Bath in Bath, England and a Master of Science in International Relations from the University of Bristol in Bristol, England.  The Spokane, Washington native earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical/Aeronautical Engineering from West Point.  
As a Senior Army Aviator, Lt. Col McClain has more than 2,000 flight hours in 20 different aircrafts.  She is a rated pilot for the C-12 Huron (King Air), UH-60 Blackhawk, and UH-72 Lakota and instructor pilot for the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior. 
Earlier this year, the AMS met with Lt.Col. McClain at the Johnson Space Center in Houston to discuss how her time as a Marshall Scholar prepared her for her space expedition, the consequences of math, the hundreds of experiments she will be continuing in the Space Station’s microgravity laboratory and how long-term objectives require international cooperation. 
Dan Rather’s News and Guts team has produced a short video about Anne and the ideas driving her explorations (also posted on Dan’s Facebook page,) which the AMS is pleased to share below.
Anne is described by Dan Rather as “an American hero, a combat helicopter pilot and now a NASA astronaut…[who] has dedicated her life to service, science, and exploration…” Her  commitment to breaking new frontiers is an inspiration to us all.

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