Sitting atop a million-pound rocket filled with the 91,000 gallons of fuel needed to reach the International Space Station later this year, Petaluma native Nicole Aunapu Mann will be relying on the thousands of hours she spent in a flight simulator, preparing for every conceivable error. Her next destination could be the Moon.
“When I’m sitting on top of that rocket getting ready to launch, I will be laser-focused,” Mann told the Chronicle from her post at a NASA training facility in Houston. “I will be running through all my procedures and all my steps.”
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