Serena M. Auñón-Chancellor

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Serena M. Auñón-Chancellor
Serena M. Aunon, NASA astronaut candidate.jpg
NASA Astronaut
Nationality American
Status Active
Born (1976-04-09) April 9, 1976 (age 41)
Indianapolis, Indiana
Other occupation
Flight Surgeon
Selection 2009 NASA Group
Missions NEEMO 20

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


Auñón-Chancellor 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.[1]

Medical career[edit]

Auñón-Chancellor 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-Chancellor 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]

In July 2015, Auñón-Chancellor participated as an aquanaut in the NEEMO 20 crew.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Auñón-Chancellor is married to physicist, Jeff Chancellor and has a step daughter named Serafina Chancellor. They currently live in League City, Texas. 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]

See also[edit]


 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. 
  7. ^ "crew of NEEMO 20". 20 July 2015. 

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