On Wednesday 30th October five lucky students were selected to have breakfast with a NASA Astronaut. The Astronaut was Anna Fisher - one of the first female astronauts (now retired) selected by NASA. She also is a chemist, and a doctor specializing in emergency medicine. Fisher worked on the Space Shuttle Program, the International Space Station, and the Orion capsule that is being developed for NASA’s future Space Launch System. Additionally, she was a crew representative to support space shuttle integrated testing and payload testing. During the early phase of building the International Space Station, Fischer was the chief of the Space Station branch.
Our students were able to hear stories of what inspired Anna to become an astronaut and ask questions of what it is like to be in space.
We were very lucky to be given this opportunity. The New Zealand Astrobiology Network (NZAN) Executive Director Haritina Mogoșanu thought of our school when the opportunity arose for a breakfast with Anna. Haritina and Sam Leske were the people behind the planning and implementation of Mars Week in 2018 where we saw two NASA Scientists come to school.
Oxford Area School would like to thank Anna Fisher for her time, Haritina Mogoșanu for organizing the breakfast with us and the US Embassy for sponsoring the event.