January 9, 2009

Nicole Jordan: The First Colombian Astronaut

BOGOTA, CO. (ConCienciaNews) – Ever since she was a little girl, Nicole Jordan dreamed about coming close to the stars and traveling in a rocket across space. Now, at 27 years old, this Colombian has become the youngest candidate to be astronaut working as a mission specialist.

Jordan, who currently works as an official parabolic flight trainer at the Zero Gravity Corporation, is visiting Colombia in order to create alliances to instill the desire in children and young people to get involved in this field.

Jordan’s story began when her father, Cristian Jordan, a lover of books about aliens and trips through space, showed his daughter a program one day about the tragic explosion of the space shuttle Challenger. While she was watching it, Jordan experienced deep pain, and a result, she became sure that she wanted to go beyond the bounds of that television set that showed her a reality to which she had aspired for as long as she can remember.

When this dream of being an astronaut became increasingly strong, and after devouring books about space, at age 15 Jordan set off on a trip that would change her life forever. Her destination was the Huntsville space field, in Alabama, where she received training for a 12-hour mission. With this experience, she reaffirmed her desire to immerse herself in this career and to continue discovering the mysteries that lurk high above us.

“At this field, I was able to participate in drills, talk with astronauts and professors working in this area. In Colombia, we didn’t have anything like that. This experience was a key in my professional life,” Jordan said.

11 years ago, Jordan arrived in the United States to fight to make her dreams comes true. The fact that she is a woman, and even more so, a Colombian, has frequently affected her goals. However, she has never given up. The sky, according to her, is not the limit.

“Most scientists and engineers come from countries such as ours, and although we refuse to believe it, these are the people who are changing the world. They are the ones who will be given the opportunities to work in the fields of science and technology,” Jordan said.

Throughout her life, the subject of space has become her passion, so much so that nowadays she carries out different projects and studies aimed at further strengthening the work she performs in this field.

Jordan has been a professor and counselor at the Space Campus, responsible for the implementation of the Quiet Short-Haul Research Aircraft simulator. She is the Operating Manager of Rockets for the X-Prize Cup and is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Space Sciences. Jordan is also the first Colombian and South American working as a flight trainer in zero gravity: she teaches on a Boeing 727 that makes routine parabolas which create the feeling of floating, like in space.

“There are two types of training: the first, for people who simply want to learn how to fly or experience the feeling of being in zero gravity and exploring the body’s different reactions to this,” Jordan explained. “The second: companies that want to perform experiments.”

Although Jordan’s path is only just beginning, for her there is only one way to go: directly to the stars.

“I would like to go to space and see what all the astronauts describe. The Earth’s curvature is the best. For now, I’ll continue with the training. I am aiming for the first trips that will be done in 2012. We’ll see what happens,” Jordan said. “In a future, I also see the possibility of returning to my country and being able to share my knowledge. This would be wonderful to strengthen my professional development,” she concluded.

Return to the Frontpage