Auñón holds a B.S in Electrical Engineering from George Washington University, a Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in Houston, Texas (2001), and a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in 2006.
Auñón was hired by NASA as a flight surgeon and spent over nine months in Russia supporting medical operations for International Space Station astronauts. She served as the deputy crew surgeon for STS-127 and Expedition 22. She also serves as the deputy lead for Orion – Medical Operations.
Auñón was selected as an astronaut candidate in June 2009. She completed the astronaut candidacy training program in 2011. In June 2012, Auñón piloted a DeepWorker 2000 submersible as part of the NASA/NOAA NEEMO 16 underwater exploration mission off Key Largo, Florida.
Auñón married physicist, Jeff Chancellor and has a step daughter named Serafina Chancellor. Auňón and Chancellor currently live in League City, Texas. Auñón's father is Dr. Jorge Auñón, a Cuban exile who arrived in the United States in 1960. Her mother is Ms. Margaret Auñón.
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- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Julian A. Ward Award
- ↑ Squyres, Steve (June 17, 2012). "NEEMO 16: EVA Divers and Subs". NASA. http://wiki.nasa.gov/cm/blog/analogsfieldtesting/posts/post_1339979223707.html. Retrieved July 12, 2012.
- ↑ "Image of the Week: Aquanaut to astronaut". UK Space Agency. June 26, 2012. http://www.bis.gov.uk/ukspaceagency/news-and-events/2012/Jun/image-of-the-week-aquanaut-to-astronaut. Retrieved July 12, 2012.
- ↑ "crew of NEEMO 20". 20 July 2015. https://www.flickr.com/photos/40054892@N06/20061131081/in/album-72157656357407386/.
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