Aviation for Women

JAN-FEB 2018

Aviation for Women is the flagship member publication of Women in Aviation International. Articles feature women who have made aviation history, professional development ideas, and current-topic articles.

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J A N U A R Y / F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 8 AviationforWomen 25 hardware and techniques. Nicole, with 18 days on the NEEMO9 mis- sion, still holds the women's world record for saturation diving. All of this is a pretty impressive list of accomplishments for some- one who never aspired—or thought it would be possible—to be an astro- naut. "I was always interested in it, but I thought it was something oth- er people did," Nicole says. Growing up, her father built and flew small airplanes so "the love of flying got into me early," she says. Although young at the time, she also remembers watching the first moon landing with her family and thinking, "Wow, this is really cool." "But it didn't cross my mind that it was something I should even consider," she says. After graduating with a degree in aeronautical engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Nicole applied for a job at the Kennedy Space Center, but there was a hiring freeze so An ERAU graduate with a degree in aeronautical engineering, Nicole eventually worked at the Kennedy Space Center and was a mission specialist on the final mission for Discovery.

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