Astronaut candidate's profile

The candidates participating in the astronaut selection process all have unique journeys and outstanding qualities and skills. You can read their remarkable profiles here.

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Laura Lucier

Lucier, Laura

Where were you born?
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Where do you currently live?
Houston, Texas, USA

Education

  • Bachelor's, mechanical engineering – University of Calgary
  • Master's, aerospace engineering – McGill University
  • Ph.D., mechanical engineering (in progress) – University of Calgary

Photo of the astronaut candidate during the aptitude tests. (Credit: Canadian Space Agency)

What is your current job?

Robotics flight controller, NASA's Flight Operations Directorate - As a robotics flight controller, I lead teams responsible for planning and executing tasks onboard the International Space Station using the Canadarm2 and Dextre robots. I also work as an instructor, teaching astronauts how to use the robots and flight controllers how to save the day when things don't go as planned. For the past few months I've been on a rotation, integrating work across the EVA (spacewalk), Robotics and Crew Systems division, making sure all of the group's interactions with the rest of the Space Station team go smoothly.

Why do you want to become an astronaut?

Becoming an astronaut would be the realization of a lifelong dream for me. Few jobs offer the same challenge, adventure, and opportunity to dedicate your life's work to a worthwhile cause. I truly believe that humanity's knowledge of science, technology and our universe is extremely limited, and yet the most valuable thing we possess. I know that the knowledge we gain through our exploration of space will lead to great benefits for all humankind.