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Remote cameras setup to capture the launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the company’s Crew Dragon spacecraft onboard are seen at Launch Complex 39A as preparations continue for the Crew-3 mission, Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021, at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Photo: NASA

Another year of space exploration

It was a very busy year for space exploration. In 2021 we saw the arrival of three missions to Mars, multiple human launches — from suborbital space flights to commercial NASA missions — two missions to asteroids and a massive space telescope took flight. And there’s no signs of slowing down in 2022. From moon missions to a busy launch schedule, there’s a lot to look forward to when it comes to space exploration.
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Engineer Joan Melendez Misner works at Kennedy Space Center. In her spare time, she’s sharing her journey as a hispanic woman engineer with hopes to inspire others to explore engineering careers. Photo: Joan Melendez Misner

One rocket engineer’s quest to make STEM more diverse, one TikTok at a time

We continue our holiday series highlighting people working to make the world a better place with a story about Joan Melendez Misner. By day, she’s a rocket engineer at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. But in her free time, she’s creating social media content on Instagram and TikTok to inspire the next generation of engineers, especially underrepresented people like hispanic women. 
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