MJ MARGGRAFF
NASTAR 2013

NASTAR 2013

North American Space Training and Research Center outside of Philadelphia, PA, July 2013. My classmates and I, along with our instructional team, wait alongside the centrifuge that we will enter to get our space training.   Train like you mean it! To know what it takes to go up… NASTAR’s simulators are among the best in the world. Here I feel like the weight of the world is on me…

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What’s Your Small and Scary Step?

What’s Your Small and Scary Step?

Eleanor Roosevelt said that we should do “at least one thing every day” that scares us. Later, Erma Bombeck concurred, adding that real courage is tested when “taking children into a house with a white carpet.” I started to learn how to swim this New Year; the instructor, a seasoned coach and now retired, prodded me slowly to the really warm kids’ pool, and showed me how blowing bubbles into…

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An Insider’s View: The Keys to Success

An Insider’s View: The Keys to Success

What are the Keys to Success when we live in Space on a voyage demandingly long — say, 200 million miles to Mars? One former astronaut I interviewed has the distinction of several completed missions including a long duration on the International Space Station. From personal experience he is enthusiastic to share what is critical to good space behavior. But it’s also relevant for us here on earth, as good…

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