Female NASA Astronaut Karen Nyberg Serves As Inspiration to Other Females Who Dream of Flying to Space

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By Christine Lazaro | December 10, 2013 10:56 AM EST

NASA flight engineer Karen Nyberg is one of the highly deemed female astronauts who became popular during her stay on the International Space Station.

An article made by Grand Forks Herald recalled how she felt intimidated when she first had a chance to change a tire at some point in her life, comparing it to aiming for the stars and the moon, literally as a NASA astronaut. According to Carrie Leopold, a North Dakota State College of Science outreach coordinator, there are many female individuals who seem to not aim high just thinking that they came from small towns like Minnesota.

And with this, NASA Astronaut Karen Nyberg serves as living proof and inspiration that even a Minnesota native like her can reach as far as the stars. The 44-year-old astronaut said that she is highly flattered for being seen as an inspiration to many women and young girls around her native town.

NASA Astronaut Karen Nyberg's Career Run

Ms Nyberg's first experience with the US Space Agency us when she worked as an environmental control systems engineer with the Crew and Thermal Systems Division of NASA. She was eventually chosen as a mission specialist by 2000.

Since that time, the NASA female astronaut has spent 180 days up there in space for a total of two missions. The most recent was called the Expedition 36/37 that lasted from May 28 to November 10 along with another astronaut from the European Space Agency and a Russian cosmonaut.


(Video Credit: YouTube/insideISS)

She gained a lot of attention via social media as has about a hundred thousand Twitter followers and even beyond 35,000 fans in Facebook. She posted photos and videos on how things are done around space from washing her hair, quilting, and even making a customised dinosaur from items she found on the space station.

In an interview featured by CBS News since her return from space on Nov 20, Ms Nyberg shared how much she feels accomplished for her experience on the ISS. "I honestly feel like I've accomplished the dream that I set out for," the female astronaut said.

CNN also wrote how Ms Nyberg took remarkable photos of the super typhoon Haiyan from space that recently caused so much devastation to the Philippines.

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