HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - A Space Camp alumna is set to launch to the International Space Station Wednesday, July 6.
Dr. Kate Rubins will fly in a Russian Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft with Russian Cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin and Astronaut Takuya Onishi of the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency.
Rubins attended Space Camp at the Space and Rocket Center when she was in seventh grade.
Rubins later went on to received a bachelor's degree in molecular biology from the University of California, San Diego, and a Ph.D. from Stanford University in cancer biology.
She was a Fellow and Principle Investigator at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research at the Massachusetts Institute before she was selected for the astronaut program in 2009.
Rubins will conduct multiple experiments in the fields of biological and human research during her four months at the I.S.S.
She will also be the first person to sequence DNA in space.
Rubins is now the third Space Camp graduate to fly in space.
Dottie Mtcalf-Lindenberger and Samantha Cristoforetti were also camp graduates who flew in space.
Space Camp trainees will be able to watch the launch Wednesday night.
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