Davis Congratulates Urbana Native on Graduating from NASA's Astronaut Candidate Class
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) congratulates Zena Cardman from Urbana on graduating from NASA's Astronaut Candidate Class XXII earning her the title of astronaut.
Davis' written remarks:
Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize Ms. Zena Cardman, a recent graduate of NASA’s Astronaut Candidate Class XXII and native of Urbana, Illinois.
Zena was selected in 2017 from a pool of more than 18,000 applicants as some of the brightest and most skilled minds in the country. The past two years of training and her graduation from candidate school earn her the title of “astronaut” and she is now eligible for spaceflight.
As a new graduate, Zena will support NASA’s current missions, such as the work aboard the International Space Station, the Commercial Crew Program, and the Artemis Program, which has set a goal of sending humans back to the Moon by 2024.
I am proud to recognize Zena today as one of the best minds in space exploration. I know she will be an invaluable asset to NASA.
A well-deserved congratulations, Zena, on your graduation. Thank you for all you do.