LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Eleanor Morgan has always been drawn to outer space. She said a big moment for her was in the third grade when she won a contest at school. The challenge: come up with the best question to ask an astronaut. Her winning answer: can fish swim in space? That winning prize of talking to an astronaut via radio launched her into a passion for the outside world.
She ended up joining to Air Force and going active duty for 12 years. During that time, she started in Phoenix, flying massive C-17 planes. She went on three deployments, flying anything from relief missions to bringing troops home. After four and a half years, she transitioned to flying Remotely Piloted Aircrafts (RPA). After her 12 years, she joined the reserves.
Most recently, Morgan started working for a company called Bigelow . The Las Vegas-based company creates expandable space crafts that house four to six crew members inside.
Her hefty resume helped get her selected by Senator Jacky Rosen to throw the first pitch at a recent Aviators game at the Las Vegas Ballpark. Whether she’s flying planes, putting things in space or throwing a first pitch, Morgan is an inspiration.
“I do really hope that in many ways that whatever I’m doing can indirectly help inspire other folks and let them know that if you dream it, you can achieve it and it comes down to what you want to do,” said Morgan.
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