About Me

I’m Zena Cardman, and thrilled to be a member of NASA’s newest class of Astronauts. 

I studied biology, oceanography, and poetry at UNC Chapel Hill, where I also finished a Masters in hydrothermal vent microbiology.  More recently I was a student in Geosciences at Penn State, exploring microbe-rock interactions underground.  I’ve also worked for the Palmer LTER in Antarctica, played with NASA at the Pavilion Lake and BASALT Research Projects, and sometimes picked up odd jobs like sailing as an engineer with the Sea Education Association.

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“The surface of the Earth is the shore of the cosmic ocean. From it we have learned most of what we know. Recently, we have waded a little out to sea, enough to dampen our toes or, at most, wet our ankles. The water seems inviting. The ocean calls.”  –Carl Sagan