We want to hear from you!  Leave us a comment, suggestion, or a question.  Perhaps your dream in life.  To what do you aspire?  And who inspires you?



  1. Arpana Rai wrote:

    i am 23 years old girl from India. Inspired by recent visit/ inspirational talks of Dr Sunita Williams in India, i wish to take my research at NASA by availing United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF)’s Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowship http://www.usief.org.in

    i am registered for Ph.D. in India’s premier institute NITIE, Mumbai http://www.nitie.edu in the Department of Ergonomics and Human Factors Engineering. I intend to assess stress/ outcomes in sedentary jobs such as software professionals.I guess astronauts in space or in simulators are subject to some stress. At NASA, I wish to carry out research work to assess stress among astronauts etc. with the help of biomarkers. I would like to work on “Biomarkers of chronic stress with especial emphasis on salivary cortisol and urinary 8-OH-dG”. I understand NASA has world’s best facilities in Ames Research Centre. Kindly guide me. I can come to this research centre for 6 to 9 months as per the norms of USIEF [ http://www.usief.org.in/Study-in-the-US.aspx ]

  2. Lekshmi S Raj wrote:

    Actually am a little tensed these days as it is time to choose my real area.
    I am deeply interested in doing undergraduate program in aerospace engineering.At the same time I wish to join NASA to explore things…..
    I will be happier if you could suggest a possible way to join NASA soon after the completion of my UG program.
    Thank you………

  3. Mary wrote:

    I am a research chemist from India. I have done my post graduation in Environmental Sciences and worked in an R&D lab for 8 years doing analysis work, pilot plants and research in treatment of waste water. I am very passionate about working in NASA since my childhood. For this sake I married a Houstonian and recently moved to an apartment very near to NASA. I want to get into any type of job here. I have also a post graduate degree in personnel management. Please help me and guide me to get my dream job in NASA.

  4. gabriela wrote:

    Hi,my name is gabriela, i am from colombia,i am interested in study for be scientific,then i want to know the steps to follow this brilliant career.

    i am very happy by know of this program very beautiful.



  5. Vani wrote:

    Hi Mamta, Nice to have gotten a chance to the NASA team – I cant explain how interested I am in aerospace, astronomy and NASA activites. From childhood , my dream was to be become an astronaut.. I wanted to be like Kalpana Chawla. But I couldnt pursue a career in the same field but ended up doing MBA from Scotland after my bachelors in electronics and communication and now working as a business manager. I want to join NASA. how do i link my current qualification with NASA’s requirements?

    • duckworth wrote:

      Hi Vani

      Sorry for the few days delay! That’s great that you have such a diverse background. Space exploration is exciting and attracts so many of us. Kalpana was such a sweet, smart person and when you talked to her, you just felt like she was so down to Earth. We will always remember our colleagues who have passed in the name of exploration. At NASA, there are so many fields that support spaceflight from technical fields like engineering and science to photography, communications, management, accounting, legal, etc. Best of luck! -Mamta

  6. Jennifer Watson wrote:

    Hello! My name is Jennifer Watson and I am a Junior in high school. I have always been interested in Astronomy ever since I was five years old. My ultimate dream and goal is to become an aerospace engineer and work for NASA, but I am not so sure on what steps or colleges that would be right to get to my goal. Also, I have a question. Is it possible to be an aerospace engineer and an astronaut at the same time? Thank you for your time and I look forward to hear from you soon!!!!!!!!!!

    • duckworth wrote:

      Hi Jennifer! Great questions. First, congratulations on the choice of field-it will be lots of fun. I myself studied aerospace engineering and took an astronomy class during college. Both are so interesting. Yes, you can be both an aerospace engineer and an astronaut so don’t worry about that! As for what colleges, we cannot recommend any specific school but the best advice is to pick a school that works best for you. As a student, I had a sister who helped me decide. We looked at how much it cost, how far from home it was, compared top choices to other schools, and we looked at college rankings in engineering. When I applied, I chose about five schools. One or two were easy to get into-they were my backups. I chose one that was really highly ranked and I wasn’t sure if they would take me. And then two or three that were ranked well and met my other criteria. I chose one of those and loved my experience. When you narrow it down, try to visit all or some of them depending on if you can. We visited three of them and it made all the difference. Aim high and best of luck!

  7. Hend wrote:

    Hi .. my name is Hend . i’m from Egypt . i love space and i’m really do my best just to work in such a big place like NASA ,, the man that really inspire me is “homer hickam” i really want to meet him and be just like him .. hope to meet him some day 🙂

    • Sabrin wrote:

      Hello there! I am in tenth grade, and Hickam’s “Rocket Boys” has just inspired me to do what I was so scared to do for the longest time. I now realize my priorities and I really recommend you read his books! I was actually considering going to the library and checking out a “Rocket Science for Dummies” book. Hope that helped!

      • duckworth wrote:

        Hi Sabrin! Thanks for joining in the conversation. His story is fascinating. A few facts about him that give you an idea of the array of engineering applications: Homer Hickam began employment with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration at Marshall Space Flight Center in 1981 as an aerospace engineer. During his NASA career, Mr. Hickam worked in spacecraft design and crew training. His specialties at NASA included training astronauts on science payloads, and extravehicular activities (EVA). He also trained astronaut crews for many Spacelab and Space Shuttle missions, including the Hubble Space Telescope deployment mission, the first two Hubble repair missions, Spacelab-J (the first Japanese astronauts), and the Solar Max repair mission. Prior to his retirement in 1998, Mr. Hickam was the Payload Training Manager for the International Space Station Program.

  8. SAMAR wrote:

    MY LIFE longdream is to work with you.fisrt i cant believe that it is possible to do that,but now i believe it .no life without dream.i will finish my studies.i wil work with you.please help me to achieve my dream.thanks

  9. Dipi wrote:

    Hey, i’m 16 from London and i have a great interest in physics and maths and i love learning Astronomy and would love to work for NASA. I was wondering what sort of work experience would be useful to give me a greater insight into this field. Thanks!

    • duckworth wrote:

      Hi Dipi! Physics and math are great Good choices! At 16, you should look into extracurricular groups that share your interests and do well in math and science. You can also look for activities online! Best of luck!

  10. eizat wrote:

    hi.. i am from India.. NASA mostly opt for us citizens.. is thr any opportunity for non-US citizens to apply for NASA

  11. Valeria wrote:

    Hi! I’m Valeria and I’m from Republic of Moldova. I’m 16. I would love to become a part of your team. My dream is to become an astrophysicist at NASA. Could you tell me what I should do to realize my dream. Thank you!

  12. Mary wrote:

    From all the videos it sounds like people from all different countries and cultures can work at NASA. I like the idea of being someplace with lots of different people, is that something that NASA looks for when hiring? Thanks!


    • duckworth wrote:

      Hi Mary-One of the advantages of being in the US is the multitude of cultures and backgrounds. Because of a diverse population, NASA naturally is diverse too! Thanks for asking and keep aiming high!

  13. Mary wrote:

    I really like science in 7th grade but the math isn’t as interesting to me right now. I also love English and World Studies. If I’m interested in space exploration, do I need to focus on just science once I get to high school? Thanks,


    • duckworth wrote:

      Hey Mary

      Liking science is a fantastic thing. It makes the real world so much more fun, huh? It’s okay to have trouble with math-we all do (even the smartest engineers!) but the key is not to give up because it’s not interesting. World studies is important too! There is not just one branch of science to focus on-we do things for almost all of the branches from life science to physical sciences to chemistry. So keep on studying science and don’t give up on math!

  14. Aditi wrote:

    Hi, my name is Aditi. I’m currently studying computer science and biotechnology in university. I’ve always been interested in space, but unsure how to build a career in that area with my specializations. My work so far as been in development (web application, websites, etc.) and scientific research. I was wondering if you could offer some advice as to what kinds of jobs/careers I could have at NASA relevant to my skill set and what can I do to make myself more competitive/fit for these jobs? Thanks!

    • duckworth wrote:

      Hi Aditi-To learn more about careers in space exploration, visit http://www.nasa.gov/about/career/index.html. Though, there are many other areas to have a career in this area like research at universities. You may want to look into that type of work too. NASA gives out grants to professors to develop technologies that are in turn used in spaceflight. Best of luck!

  15. Becky wrote:

    Hello, how lovely to hear the stories from inspirational women and the comments from those inspired. I am forty six years old and I live alone with three children here in the north of the UK. I don’t think I will ever work for NASA, but I am very interested in space and how it can be used for inspiration. I run an educational space centre http://www.starcentre.org in order to inspire people using space as a theme. I am looking for things we can connect with or take part in despite being outside the US. All ideas appreciated. Thank you.

    • duckworth wrote:

      Well thank you Becky! Thanks for sharing your site as well. You may use the videos on this website if you wish-the UK Science Council has done this. Let us know if you need anything else. The videos are on YouTube and can be found on our home page (the teal boxes).

  16. Ali wrote:

    Hi, I’m so thankful to be able to talk to a female NASA employee! This site is awesome.
    Anyway, I’m a senior in high school and intend on studying aerospace engineering at Auburn University in the fall of 2013. I have a very strong passion and fascination with space, and I’ve never felt so strongly about anything before. For some reason I never thought that becoming an astronaut was an attainable desire, but then I realized that this is my life and I can do whatever I please with it. So, I decided I want to make my dreams of becoming an astronaut come true. I’m not an incredible math student, but I am an extremely determined girl, and a lot of people have been doubting my ability to make my dreams a reality. And I cannot wait to prove them wrong.
    I’m not sure if aerospace engineering is the right path for me, because I’m typically more of an music/art/writing girl, and I’ve always liked science classes too…just not math. I want to go to space so I can witness some of the most raw beauty our universe has to offer, and I’m willing to do anything it takes to get there. Would aerospace engineering be a good major to choose in order to travel to space, or are there any “easier” majors available that would help me accomplish my goal?
    Thank you SO much for your time!! – Ali

    • duckworth wrote:

      Hi Ali! As long as you don’t give up on math, that is all that matters! AE is a great field and is an interesting way of applying engineering. The best thing to do is try it out and you can always change your major. Remember that you can always do those other activities that define you (music, art, etc) as hobbies too. When you get to college, you will grow as a person and be exposed to so many different things. Just keep your eyes peeled for all the opportunities. People love helping out college students! There is no right major for being an astronaut. You can read more about careers at NASA at http://www.nasa.gov/about/career/index.html.

  17. jake smith wrote:

    It’s wonderful to read about the young people involved with NASA and their aspirations in science. keep on rocking !!!!

  18. Puja Das Tithi wrote:

    Hi..i’m from Bangladesh nd i’m in class 12…i’m 17 years old…i want to be a cosmologist and work for NASA….what should i do???

  19. Paola Marfileño. wrote:

    Hi, I’m Paola and I’m from Aguascalientes, Mexico. I have 13 years old and I am in second year of secondary school. I’ve always had excellent grades in all the way of my education and I always loved math and physics and I am very interested all phenomena in the universe and how they occur, the truth is that I am very curious and everything related to science excites me too. Within my life project is studying engineering physics at a university abroad and to one day work for NASA. I am very interested engineering field and want to know if there are universities or study programs so that in future I can get to work in this wonderful place.
    It will not be easy and that I still have a ways to go, but I think the universe and my dreams are endless and continue to strive to get what I want, because science is my life and my passion.
    Thanks and Greetings!
    P.D. Sorry if I write a little bad because I’m just beginning to study english.

    • duckworth wrote:

      Hi Paola-Congratluations on great grades and the love for math and physics. Curiosity is one of the best traits a scientist can have. There are lots of programs in engineering that you can consider. Take a look at our videos on the home page (the teal boxes are each a video on YouTube). They should give you an idea of different areas of science, technology, math, and engineering. Best of luck, stay in school, and dream big!

  20. Allyssa wrote:

    I’m Allyssa, from Idaho, and I have always loved science more than anything. I should mention that I’m also 17 and a senior in high school. I actually got to this website while looking up majors, because I’m not quite sure yet what science I want to study first. I’m so glad you have this website available because it has really inspired me(enough to bring me to tears)and I want you all to know you girls are my heroes. I hope to someday work at NASA like all of you (hopefully at JPL).

    • duckworth wrote:

      Hi Allyssa-so sorry for the massive delay! I am rooting for you to join us someday. Keep dreaming big and aim high!

  21. Mary wrote:

    Hello, my name is Mary and I am 12 years old and live in Maryland, very close to Wshington DC. I would love to learn more about NASA programs for girls and was wondering if there were any summer camps or internships for kids my age, either in my area or other places. Thanks! Mary

  22. Oya SANLI wrote:

    Hi to all,
    I’m from İstanbul/Turkey, graduated from Science Faculty’s Math division of University of Istanbul at 1982. But began working as a programmer in the IT department of the biggest white good producer in my country. Since then I’m in IT. Nowadays interested in Cloud Computing, taught about the fundamentals and tried to build Eucalyptus-Ubuntu cloud. Machines would not let me to run it, since they did not have VT extension..
    My students asked me if they can run their programs on the cloud.. I was unable to give them that opportunity that time.
    So my goal is building a cloud just for students to let them run their programs on the cloud while they are studying.
    I wonder in which operations mainly Nasa uses the cloud computing. Only for doing scientific calculations?
    I’m also wondering the management tools of Cloud Computing. I hope I will be able to build and run and manage a cloud some day:)
    It is great to be here, and mention dreams. Thanks for this opportunity..
    Best, Oya. @oyasan

  23. María Sol González wrote:

    Hi! I am 21 and I am at College in Argentina. I would like to know what can I study to work at NASA. I like Maths, Physics and the most of all, to work in a team launching a spaceship. I have been hiding this dream for years. Now I’d like to give it a try.


    • duckworth wrote:

      Hi Sol! There are so many areas at NASA. We use math, physics, biology, and so many other subjects for our work. From airplanes to rockets, this requires almost all science subjects. To learn more, visit http://www.nasa.gov.

  24. Taraneh Gh. wrote:

    My name is Taraneh and I’m 14 years old.I read about teenager summer programs and STEM
    but the problem is that I’m not a citizen of U.S and that’s one of the Essentials.
    I’d really love to participate in those programs.
    What should I do?

    Thank you…

    • duckworth wrote:

      Hi Taraneh-You should look at each program and see their requirements. Most are for US citizens. But there are lots of other ways to participate in STEM online programs. You can be inspired with the videos on this website (go to the home page and watch the a2i overview film first). You can also visit sites like http://www.jasonproject.org/ to do some cool fun experiments! Best of luck!

  25. Mary wrote:

    I just watched the Science video and thought it was cool listening to how people became interested in careers in science. I like science in school, especially doing labs but I’m not sure exactly what part of science I like best. What would be the best way for me to learn about different areas so I know where I can spend my time as I get older? Thanks, Mayr.

  26. Shambhavi wrote:

    Hi there,
    My daughter, Shambhavi has an interest in space and how can it possible to encourage her and work for NASA . Thanks!

    • duckworth wrote:

      Hi Archana! That is wonderful that Shambhavi has such an interest in space. It’s an easy way to grasp kids’ attention. Space is a wonder in and of itself. I think one of the best things we as adults can do for the younger generation is to inspire them through programs. It certainly not about forcing all kids to go into STEM subjects but I think it is up to us to expose them to science fairs and young scientist programs so they can decide if it is for them. For Shambhavi, I would consider programs such as GEMS, Girl Scouts, NASA GIRLS, Aspire 2 Inspire, Equation for Change, etc. If you search for these programs online, you will find so many opportunities for her. Best of luck!

  27. mira wrote:

    hi I’ve 20 years old and I’ve always dreamed by joining NASA! is it too late for that? actually no I’m in medecine school in Algeria.If there is a chance what would be the firs step for an amater of NASA?

  28. Mugdha wrote:

    Hi, my name is Mugdha and I live in the USA. I just watched the A2I video which was both wonderful and inspiring. After watching the video I realized I wanted to explore different careers in space and medicine. Is there any job or tips that you may have that could help me narrow down some careers. I want to find something that I’m passionate about and after watching the A2I video I really am inspired to do something out of the ordinary! Thank you NASA!

    • duckworth wrote:

      Hi Mugdha! I am sl glad you watched the video and enjoyed it. I also am inspired by those ladies. There are so many careers-the best way to learn about them is to watch the other four videos in science, technology, engineering, and math. You can also read about them if you click the links for Women in Science, etc on this page. We have jobs for biomedical engineers to aerospace engineers to computer programmers to web folks and so many more! Let me know if you have specific jobs you are thinking of after reading about these women and their work.

  29. Aysegül Demirbilek wrote:

    Hello, I’m Aysegül. I am 15 years old. I am from Turkey. My friends call me Alien 🙂 I am keen on NASA. This is a chance for me. I am studying so hard nowadays. I want to be a women like you. I have got a lot of dreams about this. I am allways following the news but i think that isn’t enough to reach my dream. I need to learn more more more things. I am never bored of studying and trying even nobody helps me. I am all alone on my way. The only thing i am worrying about is falling. I dont want to fall.

  30. souky wrote:

    hi!I’m 20 years old,from morocco,i study now general medicine, but my dream is to take part of NASA group! I was and still so interested by math,physics and space science! but i don’t know how i can realize my dream!is it true that i still have a chance to go there? or i shouldn’t have chosen my current career? Thank you

    • duckworth wrote:

      Hi Souky! General medicine is a great field and there are flight surgeons for our astronauts to make sure they are healthy before, during, and after flight. You should always choose your career on things you like and are good at. To look into careers at NASA, visit here: http://women.nasa.gov/careers/.

      • souky wrote:

        Hi!Actually, I chose general medicine because i like this career and i see it as a noble job, I had a chance to get an engineering school, but I prefer medicine, so my last sentence doesn’t mean that I don’t like what I am doing now! But I wanted to be sure that I still have a chance to join NASA through medicine or it’s not possible! that’s all! Thank you for your answer!

  31. Sydney wrote:

    I have wanted to work at NASA since I was 9 or 10. I am currently 12 and in 7th grade. I am wanting to do aeronautical engineering. How can I begin to train for that? I am homeschooled. I am willing to face challenges to reach my goal. Thank you so much!

    • duckworth wrote:

      Hi Sydney-I majored in aerospace engineering myself! To be honest, I know you have heard this but it’s true-do all the advanced math and science you can. Aerospace engineers in college have to take at least one more advanced level of math than other engineers and often end up with a minor in math. I am teaching the Intro to Flight Dynamics class for aerospace engineering this year at a University and I forgot how much math goes into it! For science, be familiar with all of science, from biology to physics. But for aerspace engineering, physics and chemistry are directly applicable depending on if you like design and structures or engines. But you don’t need to worry about any of that as a 12 year old. But since you are at home, see if your parent can included advanced math and science like at this NASA Goddard site: http://spacemath.gsfc.nasa.gov/. Best of luck!

  32. Mary wrote:

    Why is the spacecraft landing on Mars such a big deal?

    • duckworth wrote:

      Hi Mary! I asksed the same question of my colleagues a long time ago and the answer is the size of the Curiosity rover. Everything else we have sent has been much smaller, almost like a remote control car a young child would play with compared to a life size one which is more like Curiosity. So many things could have gone wrong because we had never tried to land such a thing!

  33. lisa wrote:

    its me again sorry….just wanted to know. How can i go about doing SOMETHING that has to do with space and seeing unbelievable things you guys get to see and know about? what can i do any colleges in mind? i live in West Haven ct. What kind of obsticals would i have to go through? How can i Get into this type of work. i know now a days its hard but i am willing to try my hardest to live up to my dreams.

    • duckworth wrote:

      To be inspired, you may want to participate in this program since it is online and easy to do, and you will learn so much about the science and math fields. Go to Explore on the top bar of links. Watch all of the videos and I think that will help. We don’t have any specific colleges that we look for, but instead, we think it is important to go to college and do well in math and science courses. But most of all, you should enjoy what you do. If math isn’t for you, maybe something else like communications is. We need people who can write speeches and communicate too. Good luck!

  34. Lisa wrote:

    i want to be successful. I am 22 years old, and out of all the things out there this is the only thing i have ever wanted to be successful in. only thing is i really suck in math. idk if i would qualify for something like this. But i feel that if i went somewhere for college and i studied hard, i would be able to do it. in reality i really want to GO to space. it is my dream. (im sure its everyone elses too) But since i was a little girl its been my dream. to discover new things up there. 🙂 you guys…..women….are awsome for doing this i look up to all of you. i hope one day i can be as successful as you are. Maytbe one day you will see me there 🙂

    • duckworth wrote:

      Hi Lisa! I know math can be difficult but you really can learn it! I promise. Even many of us at NASA found it to be difficult at times. You can also get a math tutor to help you master Math. Have you already applied to schools?

  35. Hope wrote:

    I interviewed my math teacher. She originally wanted to be a lawyer but decided to change careers and become a math teacher. I wanted to know if any other woman was in a different career before she worked at NASA. If so, what career did you do first?

    • duckworth wrote:

      Hope! What a great question. Yes, there are lots of women who fit this bill. Cristine Dundas tells her story here as she started as a waitress! http://women.nasa.gov/cristine-dundas and a colleague of mine did something similar. i will have her respond to you too.

    • Wendy wrote:

      Hi Hope! Absolutely-it’s definitely common to have people change careers at some point in life. For me, in my first semester of community college, my intention was to work in drafting and design with shipbuilding or in mechanical systems. I was very excited when a NASA proposal came out requesting college freshman to go to the apprentice technician school . I applied and was accepted, where I began working and learning a trade in the Machine shop as a mechanical technician. But I always new I wanted more education so I continued taking classes and received wonderful mentoring from NASA employees and changed my career path to the designers and engineers in the field of aerospace. I guess you could say that I just took a zig zag path to where I wanted to be. It is best to know when opportunities arise and grab them! Best of luck and do well in school!

  36. Aubrie N. wrote:

    Hi, I have learned a bunch of stuff about space and I reall like math, but in science I really proffered the biology units. What kind of job could I have in NASA that would let me use math and biology?

  37. A'laa wrote:

    I would like to know how to join NASA’s program. I’ve always seen that it is only for U.S citizens but what about Egyptian people? I’m graduated from faculty of Engineering, Mechanical power dept. I might not be as good as some one graduated from an American college but I’ve got a huge passion to math and I’m eager and curious about knowing more and more about math and in my country there is no chance to learn more. I know that i am smart but i need a good education so i would shown up my real potentials. So, I was wondering if there is any chance to help me to do what i want. I sent requests to many college and so many people to help me but no answer and that made me hopeless but what about NASA’s people, are they going to help me or what? I’ll pray so u would answer me.

    • duckworth wrote:

      Hi A’laa-you will need to check the indvidual program rules to determine if US citizenship is required. Since NASA is a federal agency in the USA, US citizenship is required generally speaking. Please inquire directly to the program if you have questions. We are happy to hear you have an engineering degree. You can also find resources online such as our videos, which you are welcome to watch. They can be found on the home page and are called “a2i film” or “math film”, etc. You may learn more from these young women at NASA. The program is intended for middle and high school students, but you are welcome to watch them. Best of luck to you!

  38. Hope K wrote:

    Hi…. My name is Hope, and I am going into the 5th grade. I just watched the A2I video and was curious to know how do you calculate the breathing air for a space suit?

    • duckworth wrote:

      Hi Hope-What a great question after watching that video. I am going to have an expert in that field answer your question. Check back in a day or so and I promise we will have an answer posted! Thanks for watching and for asking an intelligent question.

    • Sabrina wrote:

      Hi Hope! You asked a great question and one that we consider during every spacewalk.

      The short answer is that we are studying the metabolic rate of astronauts. Metabolic rate is a measure of how “hard” you are working. The harder you are working or exercising, then the higher your metabolic rate, and the more oxygen that is being used in the space suit.

      The astronauts are doing spacewalks for several hours so they have to conserve their energy…some tasks will require short periods of intense work and their metabolic rate is high, and other tasks will be easier or they might be resting. The engineers in Mission Control are monitoring the metabolic rates and the impacts it will have on the oxygen in the space suit. In case the astronauts need more oxygen in the space suit, then there is a way to fill up the tanks.

      Enjoy 5th grade and write back if you have more questions.

  39. Cecelia Rodriguez wrote:

    I wantedto see bout the Aspire to Inspire program. Is there a specific date to sign up by for the fall semester? If so where can you sign up for this?
    Thank you,

    • duckworth wrote:

      Hi Cecelia! I just added some extra info on the Explore page because you asked a great question! There is no specific registration or date by which to sign up. You can just put the package together and email it in when finished. The dates are guidelines. We look forward to receiving your materials!

      • Litsa wrote:

        HI. Does the mentor help through this project or do they give advice after the project is submitted?

  40. Eizat mushtaq wrote:

    Hi my name is Izat mushtaq . I am from India and I am very much intrested in NASA . I am opting for aeronautical engineering . Please tell me the way to achieve NASA. I want to be an astronaut . It’s my dream since childhood. Please tell what should I do . And as an outsider can I get job in NASA. Please tell me.what are the degrees necessary at it.

  41. Maedelyn Gelig wrote:

    I’m Maedelyn from Philippines. I was so happy to know that there’s a Filipino working at NASA. I was dreaming to be an astronaut someday. I’m a first year college student at University of San Jose-Recoletos in Cebu City taking up Industrial Engineering since I love Math and Science. I was also working as a Laboratory assistant in our school. I was so interesting about Universe and everything on it. I was also dreaming that someday I will be working at NASA. I have read several books about this. I want to be engage in NASA’s programs especially bringing out astronomy publicly. I mean helping those people interested in astronomy to learn more especially about NASA.
    Thanks for this web page. It helps me a lot.

    • duckworth wrote:

      Hi Maedelyn! Yes, we have people from many different backgrounds at NASA. We are so happy to receive this comment from you and hear about your major in school and that you love math and science. You should look at the Explore link and participate in our program! Best of luck!

  42. Grace wrote:

    Hi, my name is Grace Lavin, I’m 10 and I absolutely love astronomy! I was very surprised about learning that the sun is the only star in our solar system and that there are stars much larger than the sun. And we thought Earth was big! But I just don’t get how star are born and how they die. Can you please tell me how that happens?

    • duckworth wrote:

      Hi Grace-Well, you are quite special. 10 years old and so excited by science! The sun is a fascinating subject. I agree-it’s so difficult to imagine the size of these stars since they are SO far away! Yes, I can help you understand how stars are born and then how they die. Stars are born as part a big space gas cloud. This cloud rotates and spins faster as the temperature and pressure increase. This causes a “central core” to form and it becomes the star! This can take 10,000-100,000 years! Stars die by swelling and sometimes exploding! When it explodes, it is called a supernova. If you want to read more, try this website from Cornell University: http://curious.astro.cornell.edu/stars.php. Your mom or dad can help you understand it more!

  43. Telma Villarroel wrote:

    desde hace 4 años estoy interesada en el Cosmos, en la Astronomía… y ahora empiezo la carrera de Física, tengo 18 años y estoy muy emocionada ya que el sueño más importante en mi vida desde que me dí cuenta que me apasiona esto es llegar a pertenecer a la NASA en un futuro, aunque sea poco probable ya que me encuentro en España.. coincidentemente también soy de Bolivia como una de las mujeres matemáticas que están en la NASA, eso me anima más para empezar la Universidad.. y el hecho de que necesiten mujeres en la NASA aún más!
    Puede que sea una utopía, pero lucharé y me costará llegar a cumplirlo si es posible.. no pierdo esperanzas, la pasión que me transmite toda la información sobre el universo es muy fuerte, me encanta! y me deja con ganas de saber cada vez más aún
    Gracias por animarnos a todas las futuras físicas/Astrónomas/Cosmólogas/matemáticas en este mundo.

    • duckworth wrote:

      Telma! Yes, anyone anywhere in this world can dream about space and exploration. Carolina on our website is amazing, and she is proof that you can acheive your dreams. I will have her reply to you too. Best of luck!

      • Carolina wrote:

        Hola Telma! Que bueno que encontraste esta página y nos contactaste. Me alegra mucho que te apasione tanto el espacio y que vayas a estudiar física. En la NASA hay muchísimas mujeres, y es un lugar increíble para trabajar y aprender. No pienses que es imposible trabajar aquí. Te cuento que en mi grupo de trabajo hay dos personas españolas que trabajan diseñando trajectorias para misiones a la luna. Así que no dejes de estudiar, y no dudes en preguntarnos lo que quieras por esta página 🙂

  44. Mariam Amgad wrote:

    Hi,i’m so pleased to contact with you . I’m so interested in space and all things related to it , i love physics so much specially theories about the universe like big bang theory and super string theory ,my dream is to be an astronaut and travel to space although i know that’s so difficult at the recent time but may be in the future i can,next year is my last year at computers and information faculty and i hope you can help me to manage all of this i suppose to be a programmer and i love to study physics beside that i wish to achieve my dream and i don’t know what to do ?!
    i wonder if there is anyway to collect all of this together or a way to study at NASA
    i’m ready to do my best to achieve my dream .. sorry for talking so long and thanks a lot for letting me talk with you through this site ..waiting for your reply and thanks again

    • duckworth wrote:

      Mariam-We apologize for the delay but we are so excited you left us a note. The dream to be an astronaut is a great one! You can study almost anything you want at NASA. But most importantly, you should enjoy the subjects you choose in school. You should look at student opportunities on our Connect page. I think it would perfect to start there! Let me know if you have questions.

      • Mariam Amgad wrote:

        Hi,never mind i’m so glad you reply and i checked the connect page it have so many nice links but i can’t figure out which one suit me. I love physics so much and i wish to study it, i also read about STEM program and i like it i wonder if there is something like it but suit my age , I’ll be so grateful if you can give me a link to help me. Thanks for your time 🙂

        • duckworth wrote:

          Hi Mariam-What grade are you in? You should do the Aspire 2 Inspire program to expose you to all STEM fields. Check it out on the “Explore” link. I will also try to find other programs in physics and post it here for you. Best of luck!

  45. Maegan Edwards wrote:

    Thanks so much for having this website available. It’s an amazing resource and you women are extraordinary!
    I actually just graduated with a BS in mathematics and I am embarking upon the search for a job. I have researched countless employment opportunities and NASA is at the top of my list. I was wondering if you guys may be able to help me figure out where to begin or give me any advice that may help with my journey. NASA is substantially more intimidating than many other positions I’ve looked into so I’m stuck about what steps I should take next. Thanks in advance for your time and help. I look forward to hearing from you soon!

  46. Ariana Corral wrote:

    Hi, first I apologize if I write something wrong because I have only a few months starting to learn english.
    I’m currently in high school and I’m very interested in the aerospace field and some day working for NASA.
    The question I have is if there are certain universities or colleges I should start watching to get in that might help me get to work in NASA.
    I’m interested in studying aerospace engineering or nuclear engineering, I’m not sure if a nuclear engineer could get a job in NASA but I would like to know about universities and if NASA has scholarships I could apply for.
    I think this web page is really good because it is motivating for people to follow what they like.

    • Aspire2Inspire wrote:

      Hi Ariana-We are thrilled that you are interested in the aerospace field and NASA! There are no certain universities or colleges but it is more important that you major in something you enjoy and are good at. NASA has lots of different people here. There are engineers, scientists, software programmers, business analysts, accountants, etc. Check out this one aeronautics scholarship site: http://nasa.asee.org/. You may also find interest here about undergraduate research: http://usrp.usra.edu/. Best of luck!

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