Stephanie Wilson is assigned to the crew of STS-121 on her first fight. She was born in 1966 in Boston, Massachusetts and enjoys snow skiing, music, stamp collecting, and traveling. Stephanie graduated from Taconic High School, received a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Science from Harvard University, and then received a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas in 1992.
Wilson was selected by NASA in April 1996, and she reported to the Johnson Space Center in August 1996. Stephanie was assigned technical duties in the Astronaut Office Space Station Operations Branch to work with Space Station payload displays and procedures. Then she served in the Astronaut Office CAPCOM Branch, working in Mission Control as a prime communicator with on-orbit crews. Afterwards, she was assigned technical duties in the Astronaut Office Shuttle Operations Branch involving the Space Shuttle Main Engines, External Tank, and Solid Rocket Boosters.
When asked during a 2006 interview, “Stephanie, you have a job that millions of people dream about having. Is being an astronaut, exploring space, is that what you always wanted to do with your life?” Wilson replied,
It is. When I was 13 I first became interested in space. I actually had a school assignment to interview someone that worked in a career field that I was interested in, and I interviewed a local area astronomy professor. I was very fascinated by his work. Later, though, I became more interested in engineering, and I thought that aerospace engineering would be a good combination of my interest in space and my interest in engineering.
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