Heide Stefanyshyn Piper was born on February 7, 1963 in St. Paul, Minnesota. A cold place as any. She got married to Glenn A. Piper and the union produced a son and a glowing career in NASA. I hear she is fond of scuba, roller blading, ice skating and running, jogging as well.
As an undergrad in MIT she participated on the college’s crew team. Her parents are based in St Paul where her mother lives alone as her dad is no more. The dude’s parents, Glenn & Gerry Piper, reside in Clarkston, Washington.
EDUCATION: She graduated in 1980 from the county high school – Derham Hall High School. And from there she went to MIT and got herself a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering and then master of science degree in mechanical engineering from the same college.
ORGANIZATIONS: She is a proud member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
At present she is on a mission to fix some faulty toilets I believe, where a mishap occured.
According to the news reports, she is one of two U.S. astronauts who had set out to begin maintenance on the International Space Station Tuesday watched her tool bag float out into orbit after a grease gun she was carrying inside it exploded.
Fortunately, every body is safe and there is no imminent danger to anybody.