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‘I absolutely would love to explore off this planet,' says Chris Birch, the USA track cyclist turned NASA astronaut

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USA Cyclist Pursues Career at NASA #

A former professional cyclist has made a career switch to join NASA’s astronaut class of 2021. The athlete, who has a background in science, has completed extensive training in preparation for space missions. She has developed skills in spacewalks, flying training jets, and operating the robotic arm on the International Space Station. The astronaut class graduate expressed her enthusiasm for exploring space and conducting scientific research on the moon as part of future missions. The cyclist-turned-astronaut finds similarities between cycling and spaceflight in terms of pushing boundaries and testing physical limits. She continues to seek endurance challenges while focusing on her astronaut responsibilities.