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Category Archive for 'Culture Project'

Culture Paper Progress

I think i am pretty much done with this paper! It definitely took longer than expected, but I believe its finished! There were was one or two book out there, but NASA proved to be a very good site to get information on Piper. I also found a few journal articles about what she did in space. The equipment she used was very easy to find since she was an astronaut! I also realize that 2000 words is very long!

Research of Culture Project

The woman who I will be researching on is Heidemarie M. Stefanyshyn-Piper.  She is a former astronaut who was part of the crew that began repairing the international space station.  She is from St. Paul, Minnesota  and is married with one son.

As an astronaut she has repaired several different components of the space station. Some of them include installing the massive P3/P4 truss and two sets of solar arrays. She and Joe Tanner also replaced an S-Band Antenna, signal processor and transponder that transmits voice and data to the ground and retrieved an external science payload for return to earth.

She was born on February 7, 1963 and is still alive today.  If I interviewed her I would probably ask her what its like to be on the space craft. Also I would ask if there were any adversity in becoming a female astronaut.  Finally, as a female engineer did you feel you were a minority at MIT?