Purdue University Alumna Graduates NASA Astronaut Candidate Class

Exciting news for one Purdue graduate who is headed on a mission that many want to take, but few actually get to experience.

Loral O’Hara is going to space.

Graduating alongside 12 others Friday night from the NASA astronaut candidate program, O’Hara will be one of some 18,000 applicants who will actually be eligible for spaceflight.

William Anderson, Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Purdue, said, “it’s rare, it’s very rare. There were 18,000 applicants, she had to go through five rounds to finally be selected, so it’s, it’s a really incredible achievement for her.”

O’Hara has a Master of Science degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Purdue University

Her first mission will include going up to space to be a communicator between the astronauts in orbit and the ones on earth.

You can view Loral O’Hara’s NASA Astronaut Biography here.



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