She Flew Helicopters In Iraq. Now She?s The Army?s Woman On The International Space Station

Anne McClain will be closer to her mother in Spokane, Washington, for the holidays than she?s been for most years since high school ? depending on where in orbit the International Space Station (ISS) is.

The astronaut has spent most of her time since graduating from Gonzaga Preparatory School in 1997 thousands of miles away from home. To be exact, McClain was 2,600 miles from Spokane when she was studying mechanical and aeronautical engineering at West Point Military Academy and 7,000 miles away when she flew Army helicopters in Iraq.

On the ISS, where her crew docked earlier this month, she?s only a?little more than 200 miles?above Earth.