Zena Cardman

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Zena Maria Cardman
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Zena Maria Cardman

(1987-10-26) October 26, 1987 (age 31)
Alma materUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Space career
NASA Astronaut
Current occupation
Marine biologist
SelectionNASA Group 22

Zena Maria Cardman (born October 26, 1987) is an American marine biologist and a NASA astronaut candidate in the 2017 class.

Early life and education[edit]

Cardman was born on October 26, 1987, in Urbana, Illinois to Helen and Larry Cardman. Her family moved to Williamsburg, Virginia, where she attended Bruton High School. Cardman attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology, with minors in Creative Writing and Marine Sciences, and a Masters of Science in Marine Biology.[1] As an undergraduate and graduate student, Cardman participated in microbial research in hydrothermal vents, the Arctic, and the Gulf of Mexico. She also participated in the Palmer Long-Term Ecological Research Network[2] in Antarctica and the Pavilion Lake Research Project in British Columbia. Cardman was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow at The Pennsylvania State University when she was selected as an astronaut candidate in 2017.[3][4][5]

NASA career[edit]

Prior to her astronaut candidacy, Cardman participated in the NASA analog missions Pavilion Lake Research Project (2008-2015) and BASALT (2016-2017), working with exobiologist Darlene Lim. In June 2017, she was selected as a member of NASA Astronaut Group 22, and began her two-year training at Johnson Space Center in Houston.[3][6]

Personal life[edit]

Her hobbies include canoeing, caving, and glider flying.[3]

Awards and honors[edit]

Cardman has received numerous academic awards, including a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, a Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium Fellowship, and a NASA Ames Honor Award for her work in the Pavilion Lake Research Project.[3]


 This article incorporates public domain material from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration document "Astronaut Candidate Zena Cardman" by Mark Garcia (Official NASA biography). Retrieved on September 20, 2018.

  1. ^ "Tar Heel selected for NASA's new astronaut class - The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill". The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 2018-12-04.
  2. ^ "Welcome to Palmer LTER | Palmer LTER". pal.lternet.edu. Retrieved 2018-12-04.
  3. ^ a b c d Garcia, Mark (February 7, 2018). "Astronaut Candidate Zena Cardman". NASA. Retrieved September 11, 2018.
  4. ^ Carrol, Matt (June 7, 2017). "Penn State graduate student selected for NASA astronaut program". Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  5. ^ "Zena Maria Cardman". Biographies of U.S. Astronauts. Spacefacts. April 18, 2018. Retrieved September 11, 2018.
  6. ^ Harwood, William (June 7, 2017). "NASA introduces 12 new astronauts". CBS News. CBS Broadcasting. Retrieved 8 June 2017.

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