Tara Ruttley is Associate Program Scientist for the International Space Station (ISS) at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Until 2007, she was lead hardware engineer for the ISS Health Maintenance System, leading a team of engineers whose job was to provide reliable medical equipment that kept astronauts healthy in orbit. She subsequently served as the lead hardware engineer for the ISS Human Research Facility. She served as an aquanaut on the NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations 6 (NEEMO 6) crew in July 2004. In this short interview, Tara explains why space, and STEM, should be an essential part of any curriculum.
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