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January 19, 2017US Navy Diver Decided She Had the Skills to Build Space Stations

NASA Astronaut and US Navy Veteran to Inspire Thousands of Female Future Leaders at World’s Largest Aviation, Aerospace, Marine & Defence Diversity Outreach Event

US Navy underwater ship-fixer turned NASA Astronaut Heide Stefanyshyn-Piper to inspire thousands of participants of all ages on March 11-12, 2017 at the Abbotsford International Airport.

Aside from NASA Mission Specialist and builder of space stations, Stefanyshyn-Piper is a 30-year veteran of the US Navy having served as Mechanical Engineer, Diver, Salvage Officer, Surface Warfare Officer and Commanding Officer with numerous awards and commendations to her credit.

Not your star-gazing, typical “I always wanted to be an astronaut” astronaut, Stefanyshyn-Piper discovered the space bug mid-US Navy career when she learned about NASA’s plans to build space station Freedom from another Navy colleague. Intrigued, she researched NASA’s plans for Freedom, a project which later evolved into the International Space Station, and concluded her experience fixing ships underwater for the US Navy was very similar to building a space station. She immediately applied.