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A NASA astronaut brought her 4-year-old son to a spacesuit photo shoot — and the pictures will melt your heart

  • NASA astronaut Anne McClain is coaching to fly to the International Space Station in November.
  • McClain brought her son to a NASA portrait consultation that includes a spacesuit.
  • Her son hammed it up for the digital camera, main to some lovely legitimate footage.
  • McClain tweeted the footage in part in make stronger of alternative mothers who fight to to find a work-life stability.

Before NASA’s gifted astronauts release into house, they pose for an legitimate photo shoot.

Most astronauts play it secure. They hop inside a spacesuit, smile for the digital camera, then get again to their rigorous coaching. Some, then again, make a selection to convey circle of relatives, buddies, and even pets alongside for the a laugh.

During an August 2017 portrait consultation by way of NASA, Anne C. McClain — a member of the 21st astronaut magnificence, a embellished US Army Major, an assault helicopter pilot, an aerospace engineer, and a mom — brought her younger son.


“The hardest part about training for space is the 4 yr old I have to leave behind every time I walk out the door,” McClain tweeted on Sunday, responding to football participant and fellow mother Abby Wambach, who used to be in quest of make stronger in keeping up a work-life stability.

“I try to remember he will grow up and know what it looks like, behind the scenes, to pursue a dream. He is my ‘why.'”

On Tuesday, McClain (who’s getting ready to fly to the International Space Station in November) posted footage of herself in a spacesuit subsequent to her younger son. A consultant at NASA’s Johnson Space Center advised Business Insider that the pictures have been taken by way of photographer Bill Stafford.

Here are the heartwarming photographs McClain shared, and what her son thinks it is like to have a mother who is an astronaut.

“[S]ometimes, I bring him to work with me. Not sure who enjoys it more!” McClain mentioned on Tuesday whilst sharing this symbol.

When a Twitter consumer requested McClain what is harder — staying or going — she spoke back: “No easy answer there.”

“One provides immediate comfort, the other achieves not only life long goals but also teaches life long lessons. Gotta play the long game here,” she added. “But it doesn’t make missing out on waffles with the kiddo in the morning any easier. Most parents can relate.”

McClain advised a BART-train-driving Twitter consumer who sounded green with envy that her son “would trade me for a train driver without a second thought.”

“He thinks it’s pretty normal” to be an astronaut, she mentioned. “His teacher asked their class what their parents did, and he told her I am an engineer. I asked if he told her anything else. He responded, ‘Mama, NONE of my friends have ever met an engineer….'”

McClain is not the handiest astronaut to get adventurous with her NASA photo shoots. Former astronaut Leland Melvin, who used to fly aboard the house go back and forth, brought his rescue canine Jake and Scout.


But NASA’s portraits do not display the Sokol flight go well with that McClain will in reality put on when she launches to the ISS aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft.

“[O]ne day you come to work and see this, and you realize it is not a costume. It is real. Not for training. An actual space suit — and it’s going to actual space. And it has your name on it. “


“[Y]ou have to try out said suit for nearly two hours while pressurized to make sure nothing hurts,” McClain mentioned on Twitter. “Well, that nothing hurts too badly. Mission accomplished. My first act in my new real spacesuit was to sit and watch a movie! Oh and play with my gloves.”

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