17 – Shannon Walker

Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin and NASA astronaut Shannon Walker, both Expedition 24 flight engineers, attired in their Russian Sokol launch and entry suits, occupy their seats in the Soyuz TMA-19 spacecraft docked to the International Space Station.

Born and raised in Houston, Walker became a NASA astronaut in 2004. She holds a bachelor of arts, master of science and doctor of philosophy in space physics from Rice University. Walker has held many roles from a robotics flight controller and crew support astronaut to Acting Manager of the On-Orbit Engineering Office and Capsule Communicator in Houston’s Mission Control Center. In 2010, Walker was a member of Expedition 24/25 and spent an incredible 163 days in space! Click here to read more on Shannon Walker.