Jenna Mills poses with a NASA aircraft.
Jenna Mills poses with a NASA aircraft.

CULLOWHEE – Jenna Mills, a senior majoring in communication at Western Carolina University, is back on planet Earth and back on campus after being selected to participate in the NASA Johnson Space Center Cooperative Education Program. 

Mills is the daughter of Neal and Dianne Mills of Waynesville and is a 1995 graduate of Tuscola High School. 

Mills worked in the office of public affairs at the Johnson Space Center in Houston during the fall semester.  Her various responsibilities included producing press kits, making media contacts, interviewing NASA officials, promoting stories, and writing feature stories and press releases.

Mills said she was particularly excited to participate in a media event featuring the retirement of the KC-135, a reduced gravity aircraft used in astronaut training.  “Flying with the Reduced Gravity Student Flight Program and being weightless is one of the coolest things I have ever gotten to do.  It's almost beyond what words can describe,” said Mills.

Before Mills started her co-op, she was an intern at Johnson Space Center working in the education office.  Mills marketed a video series called “NASA Brain Bites” aimed at addressing questions that teenagers have about space and technology.  A feature article by Mills was published in various teacher association journals.

Mills returned to Western this semester to continue her studies in communication.  She plans to return to work in public affairs this summer, where she will produce and edit public service announcements for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

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