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Loral O'Hara selected as 24th Purdue astronaut

Loral O'Hara selected as 24th Purdue astronaut

Zucrow Labs alumna Loral O'Hara (MSAAE '09) has been selected for the 2017 NASA Astronaut Class. O'Hara is one of five women and seven men selected from more than 18,000 applicants.

O'Hara earned her MSAAE from Purdue's School of Aeronautics and Astronautics in 2009. Professor William Anderson was her advisor. She is the 24th Purdue graduate to be selected by NASA to become an astronaut.  O'Hara is currently a Research Engineer for Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

The new astronauts must complete two years of intensive training at the Johnson Space Center before they will be qualified for assignment to future space missions.

Read about her 2009 work with rockets at Zucrow Labs.

Read about why Loral became an astronaut.

Find her official NASA Astronaut Candidate bio here.