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Well Said: Astronaut candidate Zena Cardman

Carolina graduate Zena Cardman will soon be going where few Tar Heels have gone before — space. The Carolina alumna has been selected by NASA to be part of its newest astronaut class.

Zena Cardman was among the more than 18,300 people who applied to be part of NASA’s most recent class of astronaut candidates. Shortly after submitting her application, Cardman heard those numbers and figured she’d try again next time.

But then came a call from Houston for her first interview. Then another call for another interview. And last week, Cardman had her named called as NASA introduced its 12 newest astronaut candidates.

In this episode, the two-time Carolina graduate calls in from Houston to talk about her new position, her time at Carolina and her future as a potential astronaut.

Read a transcript of this episode.

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