Sandy Magnus grew up in Belleville, Illinois, and dreamed of going into space. She got her chance in 2002 when she spent almost 11 days on board the space shuttle, and now she’s going back for an even longer trip. Later this year, Magnus will take a ride to the International Space Station, where she’ll spend from two to four months orbiting the Earth.

Today on my show, we talked about how she’s training for her extended stay in weightlessness, the experiments she’ll conduct (and the ones she’ll be a guinea pig for), and whether she’ll get to take along any of her favorite foods. We also discussed the future of human exploration of space, the emergence of private space ventures like SpaceShipOne, and more.

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