Female artist-scientist is finalist for one of eight seats on SpaceX flight to the moon

Dr. Tracy Fanara is a scientist who studies all aspects of Earth, but she can leave the planet and travel into space aboard Elon Musk’s SpaceX rocket.

Fanara is a finalist in Project dearMoon, a spaceflight bought by Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa that plans to take eight people around the moon by 2023.

“I didn’t sleep for six weeks during the trial,” Fanara told DailyMail.com

“Let’s just say it’s just crazy going through the process and getting to every step. To think you might be apart from something so much bigger than yourself.’

Besides being a perfect candidate for the mission, Fanara has a long list of achievements on Earth, according to her former college professors.

She is an engineer and research scientist with a PhD from the University of Florida, has led the Mote Marine Laboratory’s Environmental Health research program for the past six years, and is now the Coastal Modeling Manager for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

However, when Fanara is not working in a lab, she can be found creating space themed art, rapping and was featured in Marvel’s Unstoppable Wasp comic.

“I am so incredibly humbled to be considered for this incredible opportunity,” Fanara said in a… Instagram post after hearing news that she has been selected as a finalist.

“To be part of an international mission to do something that was once so… not collaborative. Everything and everyone in this world is connected and to be part of something that represents that connection is powerful.”

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dr. Tracy Fanara, 41, is a scientist who studies all aspects of Earth, but she could soon leave our planet and travel into space aboard Elon Musk’s SpaceX rocket.

Fanara is originally from Buffalo, New York, but currently lives in Gainesville, Florida with her husband Ryan Westerberg.

Before embarking on a mission to save the Earth, her first job was selling bricks at age 8 and then switched to cell phones at age 14.

Her love of science also started at age 14 when an incident known as Love Canal in her hometown.

“Hazardous waste was dumped in a canal in my city and it came from industries,” Fanara told DailyMail.com.

Fanara is a finalist in Project dearMoon, a spaceflight bought by Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa that plans to take eight people around the moon by 2023

Fanara is a finalist in Project dearMoon, a spaceflight bought by Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa that plans to take eight people around the moon by 2023

She is an engineer and research scientist with a PhD from the University of Florida, has spent the past six years directing the Environmental Health research program at the Mote Marine Laboratory, and is now the Coastal Modeling Manager for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

She is an engineer and research scientist with a PhD from the University of Florida, has spent the past six years directing the Environmental Health research program at the Mote Marine Laboratory, and is now the Coastal Modeling Manager for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

“People got cancer and the area saw high birth defects.”

“Although this happened before I was born, the impact still lived on, with several people getting cancer in their thirties.

“When I heard about this incident, I learned that everything is connected — what you put into the environment comes back.”

A few years after hearing this, she learned that unsafe water was killing children worldwide.

Both terrible events “lit a fire” in her, which made her find her passion.

However, she is now in the running for a trip around the moon, competing against hundreds of thousands of participants, including an Olympic athlete and even DJ Steve Aoki.

“I hope that with a list of people who are wrong impact and talented together, we can start a movement connection between Earth and space,” Fanara said.

‘What we must do to promote the quality of future generations.

“I have full confidence in SpaceX engineers and the reward is to potentially make an impact using art and science together to make the world a better place.”

Pictured is Fanara on the cover of Marvel's The Unstoppable Wasp comic book

Pictured is Fanara on the cover of Marvel’s The Unstoppable Wasp comic book

There will be a total of between ten and twelve people on board the ship, including Yusaku Maezawa, SpaceX crew and the eight volunteers.  The crew is launched aboard SpaceX's massive rocket

There will be a total of between ten and twelve people on board the ship, including Yusaku Maezawa, SpaceX crew and the eight volunteers. The crew is launched aboard SpaceX’s massive rocket

The spaceflight was bought by Maezawa, who initially spent the money hoping to find a female companion to accompany him on the moon mission. But he canceled the hunt in January last year despite 27,722 women applying, saying he had reservations about the idea.

The spaceflight was bought by Maezawa, who initially spent the money hoping to find a female companion to accompany him on the moon mission.

But he canceled the hunt in January 2020, despite 27,722 women applying, saying he had reservations about the idea.

Maezawa decided to offer seven places to friends and one that will be awarded in the competition in which Fanara participated.

Project dear Moon is expected to take three days to reach the moon, orbit it and three days to return to Earth, Maezawa said.

There will be a total of between ten and twelve people on board the ship, including Yusaku Maezawa, SpaceX crew and the eight volunteers.

Maezawa and his group of astronauts will become the first moon travelers since the last US Apollo mission in 1972 – if SpaceX can make the journey.

However, it could be a close race with NASA as the US space agency is currently slated to launch Artemis II in the summer of 2023. – this will see a crew fly on the Orion spacecraft around the moon and then travel back to Earth.

But even if NASA beats Maezawa for a 2023 lunar joyride, its passengers will still be the first civilians to go beyond low Earth orbit.

The journey rests on SpaceX’s shoulders, as it relies on Starship being ready for flight in 2023.

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