Tuesday, February 28, 2017

A "Special" Message

My dear readers, 
I have some excellent news to share with you (only 20 days late). 

No longer are you reading a blog written by merely an Attitude Determination and Control Officer (ADCO) "Operator", you are reading the words of an ADCO "Specialist"! It may not mean much to you, but it means the world to me. And it means the world that you have stuck around this long, that I still get encouraging emails from real friends and internet friends, that girls still find my website and feel inspired, that I have been asked to speak at schools and share my story. All of it, all of this, is absolutely incredible. It's more than just a dream job, it's a dream life - pushing boundaries and encouraging others to do the same.

And now, with my final Specialist simulation behind me and only a couple on-the-job training days ahead, I am thrilled to lead from the front room of Mission Control during dynamic operations (spacewalks, vehicle dockings, ISS barrel rolls, etc).

Sometimes I feel like life can get spinning faster than a Control Moment Gyroscope (6600 rpm, btw), but in this moment I know this is where I am supposed to be. I know every good time and hard time that led me here meant something and helped me grow as an engineer, but more importantly, as a person. So, thank you...all of you have been apart of this journey so far, and God willing will continue to be. 

#keepcalmandADCOon

Whewww, that was a tough sim!