When Fox News’ Washington D.C.-based write Kristin Fisher covering NASA’s launch of two astronauts at the International Space Station in Elon Musk’s SpaceX Crew Dragon Wednesday, he will be one of his rivals on other networks. Fisher, 36, is the daughter of two astronauts. His mother, Dr. Anna Fisher, now 70, was the first “mother in space” when she climbed Discovery in November 1984; Kristin is 14 months old. His father, Dr. Bill Fisher, 74, now a physician in the emergency room in Houston, followed his wife to space in 1985. She took two walks in space on her flight, one of which was the longest of its kind. Both astronauts fly into space once a week on a mission. Anna continued working for NASA until her retirement in 2017. Bill left NASA in 1992 and returned to emergency medicine, which she still does today. Here Kristin Fisher remembers what it was like to grow up an “astro-tot” The Dana Kennedy of the Post.
I took a little bit of my childhood. I grew up in a neighborhood five miles from NASA’s Johnson Space Center. Our friends are other families of astronauts. It’s funny – but for me it’s normal.
My mom would wake me up for every space launch. She made a countdown and cheered for every explosion – and we were going to rape my sister.
Today I’m doing countdowns for my 2-and-a-half-year-old daughter Clara during an unopened launch space like the SpaceX mission which is a precursor to this launch.
My parents met when they were med students at UCLA in the mid-1970s. My dad saw something on the paper about the astronaut opening and he brought it to my mother and said, ‘We should apply.’ (My dad applied once – as a 12 year old!)
There is also no military background. My mother was welcomed first. My father turned NASA twice before he was hired. He took one of the space denial letters with him in 1985 when he boarded the Discovery space shuttle STS-51-I as a mission specialist.
This is one of the fondest regrets of my life that I remember very little when my mother flew or two years when my father flew. I see a lot of pictures and have a little memory here and there.
One thing I remember was the Challenger accident in 1986. My mother came to school to pick me up. I was 4 years old and I remember him explaining to me. My parents became friends with the victims. My mother was in the first class of astronauts with Judy Resnik, the second woman in space to be on a Challenging mission.
My mom must be on the flight after the Challenge. It was devastating. This made it a real risk.
Everyone in my entire life has asked me if I want to be an astronaut. It fascinated me but I also wanted to carve my own path apart from my parents. I was very intrigued by television. The integration of public performance and service performance appealed to me. At one point in the fourth grade, my teacher converted our classroom into a newsroom and I was hooked.
Also, my parents and my younger sister are kind of genius. I am smart but not at the level of math and science. My strength is always in writing and English.
I would love to accompany the president as a reporter on his secret trip to Afghanistan last year. I got a call before Thanksgiving and I couldn’t really tell anyone what it was. My mom came in for the holidays but she didn’t take a shower when I told her I had to leave. This is the coolest dedication of my career. My dad said, “That could be your walk in space.”
One of the reasons given for pushing humanity to outer space is because of concern about what happens to human species if something horrible happens on Planet Earth. So the fact that this launch is happening during a pandemic is, in my opinion, really appropriate.