A 26-year-old woman born in Guadalajara has been selected from more than 7,000 applicants from over 100 countries to be Space For Humanity’s first “Citizen Astronaut Ambassador.”
Katya Echazarreta, an electrical and computer engineer and online science educator, will become the first Mexican-born female to go into space when she flies aboard Blue Origin’s NS-21 flight.
Non-profit Space For Humanity’s Citizen Astronaut Program offers people an opportunity to go to space and experience the Overview Effect: the cognitive shift in awareness that occurs when a human being looks down on the Earth from space.
Echazarreta is a UCLA graduate with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and is completing her master of science in electrical and computer engineering at Johns Hopkins University. She worked as an electrical engineer on five NASA missions including the Perseverance Rover and Europa Clipper missions. She also currently co-hosts the YouTube series “Netflix IRL” and “Electric Kat” on the CBS show “Mission Unstoppable” while she works on writing her first book.