Carmen is a scientist, engineer and space professional who discovered at age 5 that she wanted to dedicate her life to space exploration. This year, Carmen became the first Mexican to graduate from the PoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut Program. She continues with her training, for which she has performed acrobatic flights, spacesuit testing and operations, space capsule egress and emergency procedures, and open water survival. Last month, Carmen completed a microgravity campaign in Canada, testing in Zero G MIT experiments, Space Suits, and the Canadian Space Agency garment that will fly to space in December to measure biomedical data for astronauts on the International Space Station.
Born in Sinaloa, she studied electronics and telecommunications engineering at ITESM, and a master in Space Science at the International Space University, in Strasbourg, France. In 2010, she was accepted to work at NASA Ames Research Center for a project focusing on Small Satellites. While at NASA, Carmen started collaboration programs between Mexico and NASA Ames, to give Mexican students the opportunity to do internships and summer programs in this space agency. Carmen also participated as one of the space experts during the creation of the Mexican Space Agency, where she shared her ideas and proposals for the very beginning of the space sector in her home country.
For the last 10 years, Carmen has been working with the Space Generation Advisory Council, an organization in support of the UN space applications program, where she was the national point of contact for Mexico for 4 years, and has been leading space related events for the younger generations around the world. For the last 8 years, Carmen has been working in several Mars Analogue Missions as test engineer, part of the mission control team, planning team, being the Capcom and mission director, in countries like Austria, Spain, US, the Netherlands and Poland. In 2016 Carmen participated as an analogue astronaut in a Mars Analogue Mission at the Mars Desert Research Station.
Carmen lives in the Netherlands, and has been working for different international organizations in the space sector as the International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety, organization that is focused on the scientific advancement and safety of all space systems.
Carmen enjoys inspiring the younger generations and helping kids to reach their dreams. She has been featured in national and international TV news, radio programs and newspapers.
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