An army helicopter pilot and astronaut immediately come to a Soyuz rocket on the strip from Kazakhstan to the International Space Station, according to a release from Army Space and the Missile Defense Command.
Lt. Col. Ann McClain and her team will spend six months on ISS as part of a crew with a slate of 250 research projects, said the release.
“The Army astronauts have a very proud legacy in the astronaut program.” McClain said. “I can say that just like everywhere in the army, the greatest attributes we can bring to the table leadership and legal skills and the features I learned in the army as both a follower and as a leader working in strict environments with small groups in high mission where life is at risk, these features have been completely transferred to my time on NASA, and I think it’s the best we can bring to NASA. “
McClain flew more than 800 fighting hours in Iraq before becoming a astronaut candidate in 201
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While on board ISS, she will be part of a new experiment called “Tissues on Chips”, using miniature models of human bodies to replicate their features. I hoped that these mini-organs can be used in drug attempts, to predict if they will harm systems for individuals’ bodies.