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Grand Rapids Native Chosen to be an Astronaut

Christina Hammock Astronaut
Christina Hammock Astronaut

UNDATED (WHTC) -- A Grand Rapids woman is achieving her dream.  Christina Hammock is one of NASA’s eight new astronauts.  The 34-year-old is currently the station chief for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s climate and atmosphere observatory in American Samoa.  Hammock is in the first new batch of astronauts chosen in four years.  The 2013 astronaut candidate class is the second largest number of applications NASA has ever received – more than 61-hundred, according to a NASA press release.  Of the eight people chosen, four are women and four are men, making this the highest percentage of female astronauts ever selected for a class.

Story by: Diane E Coston