Austin Woman Magazine — Chasing The Final Frontier

From dreams of becoming an astronaut to developing a 3-D printer that reuses plastic trash, Samantha Snabes is a force to be reckoned with; August 2018.

Cover Story

For as long as she can remember, Samantha Snabes dreamed of being an astronaut. Throughout her childhood, she eagerly devoured any media she could about space and those who worked in the field. She went to every camp, seminar and clinic she could find to learn how to make that dream come true.

Proving her resourcefulness, even at a young age, Snabes obtained the names of working professional astronauts while attending her second space camp during high school. She then used the phone book to look up those who lived in her home state of Michigan.

“I called them at their house and said, ‘Hey, I want to be an astronaut. What do I have to do?’ ” she recalls. “I also received several introductions through the local Young Astronauts Club. When I met with the astronauts, they told me I had to go to college. They also told me I should pick a career in science—and that’s what I did.”

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