Meet Serena Auñón-Chancellor. She will be the first Cuban-American to make it to space.
— SpaceCampUSA (@SpaceCampUSA) March 29, 2017
Serena Auñón-Chancellor has been tapped to join fellow astronauts at the International Space Station in November of next year. While Auñón-Chancellor won’t be the first Latina to make it to space (Ellen Ochoa has that honor), Auñón-Chancellor will have the designation of being the first Cuban-American to go to space.
According to Martí Noticias, Auñón-Chancellor has been training for this moment for a long time. Academically, she prepared by getting a bachelor’s in electrical engineering, a master’s in public health science, and a doctorate in medicine. Auñón-Chancellor is also the second Latina to be selected as an astronaut for NASA.
Even though she has been an astronaut since 2009, Auñón-Chancellor is still training to make sure she is ready.
— S. Auñón-Chancellor (@AstroSerena) March 28, 2017
And she looks super excited to finally be taking this major step in her career.
Auñón-Chancellor is one of five astronauts that were chosen to take part in different missions scheduled through 2018.
— Ailyn Hernandez (@TheLeanMarie) April 3, 2017
“It’s great to get to announce so many assignments at once,” Chris Cassidy, the chief of the Astronaut Office at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, said in a statement. “There’s plenty of work to be done at the space station, and the research opportunities are almost limitless. These folks are all going to do great work and bring a lot of value to their crewmates.”
And people are celebrating Auñón-Chancellor’s exciting announcement.
@AstroSerena ¡Felicidades from a fellow YUCA! Super excited to see you onboard ISS drinking some Bustelo ??????
— Ana Guzman (@mupwa) April 3, 2017
Auñón-Chancellor currently lives in Houston, Texas and is a licensed physician who started her career at NASA as a flight surgeon in 2006. When she was selected as a NASA astronaut in 2009, she assisted with medical operation in Russia for nine months.
Looks like more and more Latinxs are going to be representing up in space.
With Joe Acaba of Puerto Rican descent & Serena Auñón-Chancellor of Cuban descent, Latino representation in space lifts off ? https://t.co/A0IEUjVche
— Andrés Almeida (@andresdavid) March 28, 2017