Biographies of U.S. Astronauts
|| Gaithersburg / Maryland
Was 29 years at the time of selection. Hails
from Lafayette, Colorado. She graduated from Stanford University with a
bachelor's degree in geological and environmental sciences, then went on to
earn a doctorate in geology from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Watkins has worked at
's Ames Research Center and Jet Propulsion
Laboratory and currently is a postdoctoral fellow at the California Institute
of Technology, where she collaborates on the Mars Science Laboratory rover,
Curiosity. Her personal interests include playing rugby, coaching basketball,
writing short stories, rock climbing, and flying planes.