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NASA astronaut and UND grad Karen Nyberg reaches for the stars

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GRAND FORKS -- What's it like to sit on top of 3.5 million pounds of rocket propellant?

"It's like being a kid on Christmas morning," said UND alumna and NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg.

On launch day on May 31, 2008, she spent three hours on her back on the flight deck of the Space Shuttle Discovery. Then, she heard the rumble of the shuttle's three main engines, the giant fire-spewing nozzles that sit just underneath the fin.

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