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Gonzaga Prep alum reaches International Space Station

Gonzaga Prep alum reaches International Space Station

Gonzaga Prep alum reaches International Space Station, KXLY 4 News' Aaron Luna has the story.

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Gonzaga Prep alum reaches International Space Station

The violence happening right now more than 250 miles above the earth-- a spokane astronaut is making her new home at the international space station.

A gonzaga prep graduate, along with a canadian astronaut and a russian cosmonaut... launched into outer space today from kazakhstan.

Anne mcclain graduated from g-prep in 1997 -- she was in the r-o-t-c program at gonzaga before going to the u-s military academy at west point... mcclain was selected by nasa in 2013... and now shes leaving the earth behind... at least for a while.

Nats-blast offriding 930 thousand pounds of thrust..

Spokane native..

Lt col anne mcclain left earth's atmosphere for the first time..

Nats-launch..

The soyuz rocket launched from kazakhstan..

Headed to the international space station..

Rigee olavides/gonzaga prep "3:31:11 this morning we saw her takeoff and now we seeing her dock at the space station so yeah it's just an amazing moment.

Making history.back in spokane, where mccalin grew up, students at her alma mater, gonzaga prep, watched as the woman who walked the same halls as they do, reached her new home, 250 miles above the earth..

Olavides3:31: "it's kinda crazy to see like a normal human who's been in our shoes sitting in our own seats do something so crazy and change history like this.

Two years ago, when gravity was still in full effect for the astronaut, she spoke to students at g-prep..

Neidermeyer 3:27:33she just talked about how like the math and science behind what she does and how like the prep education prepared her for her career.

A career she's wanted since she knew that space existed..

Anne mccalin"one thing people don't know about me is that i wanted to be an astronaut since i was three years old.

That's when i told my mom i wanted to be an astronaut."and today..

Mccalin achieved that dream..

Docking with the hours after launch..

Nats-docking feed on the same soyuz rocket that she grew up writing about..

22"and when i was in kindergarten, i wrote my first poorly written book on going to space in the soyuz vehicle."niedermeyer- senior 3:28:35 i can't even imagine like the feeling of relief that must have gone over everyone in the aircraft when they hooked and stuff.

It's just incredible.

Mcclain, will now spend the next 6 months investigating what it could be like for humans to take longer flights..

To the moon and eventually to mars..

Ned mcewen/senior3:30:38 "it's just amazing to she how far she's come from spokane washington 3




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