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Hair and Space

"When girls see pictures of ponytails, don't you think it stirs something inside them that says, that could be ME up there!"

Yes there is #Gravity in space! NASA astronauts Ron Garan and Cady Coleman in the International Space Station cupola with a picture of the Gravity crew after filming was complete on the Oscar nominated film.

Japanese Space Agency astronaut Koichi Wakata trims and vacuums NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio's hair. Both maintain a semi-straight face.

Astronaut Cuts Her Hair in Space for Charity

Mae Jemison, Cady Coleman and Maria Klawe: How to get more women in STEM

Anousheh Ansari, the first astronaut of Iranian descent, en route to the International Space Station in 2006.

The Mercury 13 - "First Lady Astronaut Trainees"

Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, was posthumously honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom 20 November 2013. The medal was conceived by President Kennedy as the United States highest civilian honor.

Back on Earth, NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg in the space she calls home, and with the child she calls son.

Role model Cady Coleman is out of this world

The sun always shines above the clouds. NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg in the Cupola of the International Space Station 4 November 2013.

Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin (right), Expedition 37 commander; along with NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg and European Space Agency astronaut Luca Parmitano, both flight engineers, pose for a portrait in the Unity node of the International Space Station.

Onboard the International Space Station NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg demonstrates how power can be transferred between two satellites without physical contact using two free-flying satellites known as Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites, or SPHERES. Surrounding the SPHERES is ring-shaped hardware known as the Resonant Inductive Near-field Generation System, or RINGS.

NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg, Expedition 37 flight engineer, works in the International Space Station Destiny lab on the Japanese experiment that studies the adaptation of plants in microgravity: Mechanisms of Gravity Resistance in Plants From Signal Transformation and Transduction to Response, better known as Resist Tubule.

A special Expedition 37 tribute to Albert Einstein. The Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) named in his honor undocked from the International Space Station today.

Eleven women have stepped outside a spacecraft orbiting our planet at 17,500 miles per hour. The second of these incredible people was astronaut Kathryn D. Sullivan.

One day in the not too distant future...Grandmother and grandchild seeing home after a weekend away

Karen Nyberg (currently in space), Cady Coleman (was in space) and Sandra Bullock (pretended to be in space) have a lot in common. They are all great story tellers!

NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg, Expedition 37 flight engineer, enters data into a computer near the Microgravity Science Glovebox (MSG) in the Destiny laboratory of the International Space Station.

NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg, Expedition 37 flight engineer, performs the Multi-user Droplet Combustion Apparatus (MDCA) hardware replacement in the Harmony node of the International Space Station

A postcard from space.

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Astronauts Suni Williams of NASA and Aki Hoshide of JAXA at work in the cupola observatory of the International Space Station 10 October 2012

Living With Kids: Karen Nyberg

Replacing ignitors and fuel reservoirs for studies of combustion science in microgravity. KN from space.

Crew Opens Hatch to Cygnus, Begins Unloading Cargo | NASA