Jen is really excited about this upcoming adventure, and during this countdown, wanted to share why:
When I was five, my dad introduced me to Star Wars. The space battles, the far-away planets, the lightsaber fights and the crazy aliens all enthralled me. And in the moment that Luke Skywalker was screaming down the trench towards the two-meter exhaust port, I knew I wanted to go to space. To be able to see Earth from the outside, to see the infinity of the stars, to see new planets and maybe even new races was completely thrilling to me. I worked hard in school, got decent grades, and was healthy and active.
I learned that I was much better at drawing and painting than I was at equations and proofs. But that’s okay. I still could be a pilot. My vision isn’t that bad, and totally correctable with laser surgery. And then I stopped growing. The minimum height for pilots is 5’4″. I stopped at 5’2″, so that ruled out piloting the shuttle.
But all’s well that ends well. Instead, I get to go on this awesome media tour, see the launch from as close as a human being can see it without being employed by NASA. And who knows? Maybe they’ll be looking for artists or bloggers to go up into space someday. I’ll be first in line!