Aspiring Teen Astronaut One Step Closer to Traveling to Mars

(KARE)  A Minneapolis teen known as Astronaut Abby will get the chance to witness a Russian spacecraft launch to the International Space Station this spring.

Abby Harrison, 15, a sophomore at South High in Minneapolis and an aspiring astronaut, will travel to Russia and Kazakhstan in late May when three astronauts head to the International Space Station.

The trio includes Vinning, Minnesota native Karen Nyberg, of NASA, Fyodor Yurchikhin of the Russian Federal Space Agency and Luca Parmitano, an Italian astronaut from the European Space Agency. They will launch from Kazakhstan May 28 aboard a Soyuz TMA-09M spacecraft for Expeditions 36-37, conducting scientific research during the six month mission.

"I'd been saying I wanted to be an astronaut since I was a kid for years, but it is the same thing as saying I want to be the President or firefighter or princess, or something. Parents don't listen to you until you repeat it over and over," she said. "Some people say, reach for the sky, but really, reach further than the sky."

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