Spokane astronaut scheduled for ride into space

HOUSTON, Texas - Fall is a beautiful time of year in Spokane and in November, 1997 Gonzaga Prep graduate Anne McClain will have the opportunity to see the fall colors from the International Space Station.

NASA announced McCain would be making the trip into space on Thursday, Jan. 18.  McClain was selected in June 2013 as one of eight members of the 21st NASA astronaut class.

Her Astronaut Candidate Training included scientific and technical briefings, intensive instruction in International Space Station systems, spacewalks, robotics, physiological training, T-38 flight training, and water and wilderness survival training. She completed astronaut candidate training in July 2015.

After graduating from Gonzaga Prep, McClain earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical/Aeronautical Engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 2002.

A 2002 Marshall Scholar, she earned a Master of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Bath in Bath, England in 2004.

She then earned a Master of Science in International Relations from the University of Bristol in Bristol, England in 2005.

She was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army in 2002, and earned her wings as a Kiowa Warrior pilot in 2005. She served 15 months in Operation Iraqi Freedom, flying more than 800 combat hours. McClain graduated from the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School in June 2013. She has over 2,000 flight hours in more than 20 rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft, and has logged time as a pilot in command, air mission commander, instructor pilot and test pilot.

Her launch to the space station is scheduled for November 2018.