Meet: Elizabeth Bloomer
Space Station Robotics Instructor
NASA Johnson Space Center
Who I Am
I graduated from college about three years ago, and
I have been working at NASA ever since! I have two college degrees --
a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M, and a master's
degree from the International Space University. Right now I work as an
instructor; my job is to teach astronauts how to fly the robot arms that
are going to be on the International Space Station.
Other Work I Have Done
I have worked in several different jobs. My first
job was to teach astronauts and flight controllers how to work parts of
the shuttle, such as how to open the payload bay doors. Then, I worked
on the Shuttle Training Aircraft, which is a jet that the astronauts use
to practice landing the space shuttle. After that, I worked on the payloads
that the shuttle takes into space. I also worked to make a class that
will teach the astronauts how to use some of the equipment that will be
on the space station. My last assignment was as a flight controller for
the space shuttle. My group was in charge of the payloads (the experiments
and satellites) that the shuttle carries into space. During a mission
we had to know the right things to do when a payload is not working correctly,
which means we had to do a lot of practicing so we'd know exactly what
to do when things did go wrong. NASA is a lot of fun because there are
a lot of different things you can do.
I like playing soccer, riding my bike, jogging, and
throwing a football around. It is really wonderful to do anything outside
(except in the middle of the Houston summers!!!!). My favorite food is
fajitas, but I have a big weakness for any Tex-Mex food. I enjoy traveling.
I was born in Miami,
Florida. However, I consider Dallas, Texas, to be my hometown. I lived
in Dallas for 11 years. My parents live in Carrollton (suburb of Dallas),
Texas. I have one sister, who lives in Columbus, Ohio. I now live in League
City (a suburb of Houston), Texas.
I remember when the Challenger exploded. I was sitting
in my 8th grade science class - and the teacher came in and started drawing
pictures on the blackboard and trying to explain what had happened. I
couldn't believe it. I didn't want to believe it - but I eventually realized
that she wasn't making it up, and that it really had happened.
My Future Plans and Goals
Some day I would like to travel to Australia. It
would be tons of fun. :-) But even if I never travel there, I would like
to see Australia from space. I have wanted to be an astronaut ever since
I was in the 3rd grade!
Archived Chats and Webcasts
15, 1999 -- Webchat
1, 2002 Webcast -- National