Karen Nyberg

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Date of Birth October 7, 1969
Place of Birth Parkers Prairie, Minnesota
Age 51 years old
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Karen Nyberg

Karen LuJean Nyberg is an American mechanical engineer and retired NASA astronaut. Nyberg became the 50th woman in space on her first mission in 2008. Nyberg started her space career in 1991 and spent a total of 180 days in space in 2008 and 2013.

Nationality: American
Status: Retired
Other occupation: Mechanical Engineer
Alma mater: University of North Dakota, University of Texas at Austin
Time in space: 180 days
Selection: NASA Astronaut Group 18 in 2000
Missions: STS-124, Soyuz TMA-09M (Expedition 36/37)
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About Karen Nyberg

Engineer and astronaut who, in 2008, became the 50th woman to travel to space. She served as a Mission Specialist on the Space Shuttle Discovery and as a Flight Engineer on a Russian International Space Station mission.

Before Fame

She graduated summa cum laude from the University of North Dakota.


She participated in Expedition 36 on the International Space Station.

Family Life

She married and had one child.


She and Sally Ride were both female astronauts.

Information related to Karen Nyberg

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  • University of North Dakota alumni
  • American mechanical engineers
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Latest information about Karen Nyberg updated on January 24, 2021.