Serena M. Auñón

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Serena M. Auñón
Serena M. Aunon, NASA astronaut candidate.jpg
NASA Astronaut
Nationality American
Status Active
Born (1976-04-09) April 9, 1976 (age 39)
Indianapolis, Indiana
Other occupation
Flight Surgeon
Selection 2009 NASA Group
Missions None

Serena Maria Auñón (M.D., M.P.H.) (born April 9, 1976 in Indianapolis, Indiana) is an American physician, engineer, and NASA astronaut.[1][2][3] Auñón lives in League City, Texas.[1]


Auñón holds a B.S in Electrical Engineering from George Washington University, a Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in Houston, Texas (2001), and a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in 2006. Auñón's father is Dr. Jorge Auñón, a Cuban exile who arrived in the United States in 1960. Her mother is Ms. Margaret Auñón.[1]

Medical career[edit]

Auñón was hired by NASA as a flight surgeon and spent over nine months in Russia supporting medical operations for International Space Station astronauts. She served as the deputy crew surgeon for STS-127 and Expedition 22. She also serves as the deputy lead for Orion – Medical Operations.[4]

She received the 2009 Julian E. Ward Memorial Award from the Aerospace Medical Association for her contributions to spaceflight crewmember clinical care.[4]

NASA career[edit]

Auñón was selected as an astronaut candidate in June 2009.[1] She completed the astronaut candidacy training program in 2011. In June 2012, Auñón piloted a DeepWorker 2000 submersible as part of the NASA/NOAA NEEMO 16 underwater exploration mission off Key Largo, Florida.[5][6]

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 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

  1. ^ a b c d NASA HQ (June 29, 2009). "NASA Selects New Astronauts for Future Space Exploration". NASA. Archived from the original on August 1, 2009. Retrieved June 29, 2009. 
  2. ^ NASA HQ (June 29, 2009). "Astronaut Candidates". NASA. Retrieved June 29, 2009. 
  3. ^ NASA (June 29, 2009). "In Their Own Words: Serena M. Aunon". NASA. Archived from the original on October 28, 2009. Retrieved June 29, 2009. 
  4. ^ a b Julian A. Ward Award
  5. ^ Squyres, Steve (June 17, 2012). "NEEMO 16: EVA Divers and Subs". NASA. Retrieved July 12, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Image of the Week: Aquanaut to astronaut". UK Space Agency. June 26, 2012. Retrieved July 12, 2012. 

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