Marine Corps Major Jasmin Moghbeli, a combat experienced Cobra helicopter pilot was chosen last month as a NASA astronaut candidate.

Maj. Jasmin “Jaws” Moghbeli, who spoke to USNI News on June 15, said she’s thrilled about her selection and that, wherever her NASA career takes her, “going to space at all still sounds incredible to me.”

“In sixth grade we had to do a book report, and I chose to do mine on Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space, cosmonaut. So that got me interested in space,” she said.