A pageant queen took a big step toward her dream — and it wasn’t on the competition stage.
Jessica Gagen is a 27-year-old who also happens to be referred to as “Miss England” in the United Kingdom, after her win in Oct. 2022.
Gagen, however, is a rocket scientist by day — and has even bigger dreams of becoming an astronaut in the future.
The beauty queen, who has a degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Liverpool, was invited to Las Vegas, Nevada, to be a keynote speaker at a conference organized by the International Space Station, as SWNS reported.
After giving a speech on women and children in STEM, Gagen was then invited to visit the Kennedy Space Center in Merritt Island, Florida.
There, she spent a day getting to know the life of a NASA astronaut.
During her visit, she spent time with Boeing employees as they toured space shuttle design areas,