Kayla Barron


Kayla Barron
SpaceX Crew-3 Mission Specialist Kayla Barron.jpg
Kayla Jane Sax

(1987-09-19) September 19, 1987 (age 34)
Alma materUnited States Naval Academy (BS)
Peterhouse, Cambridge (MPhil)
Space career
NASA Astronaut
Current occupation
RankLieutenant Commander, USN
Time in space
SelectionNASA Group 22
MissionsSpaceX Crew-3
Expedition 66
Mission insignia
SpaceX Crew-3 logo.png ISS Expedition 66 Patch.png

Kayla Jane Barron (born September 19, 1987; LCDR, USN) is an American submarine warfare officer, engineer and NASA astronaut.

Early life and education

Kayla Barron was born on September 19, 1987 in Pocatello, Idaho to Lauri and Scott Sax. Her family moved to Richland, Washington, where she graduated from Richland High School in 2006. After high school, Barron attended the United States Naval Academy, where she graduated in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in systems engineering.[1][2]

While at the Naval Academy, Barron was a member of the Midshipmen cross country and track teams.[3] Following her graduation, Barron attended Peterhouse, Cambridge on a Gates Cambridge Scholarship[4] where she earned a master's degree in nuclear engineering.[1]

Military career

After obtaining a master's degree, Barron was part of the first group of women to become submarine warfare officers. She attended the Navy's nuclear power and submarine officer training program, and was assigned to the Ohio-class submarine USS Maine. While serving on the USS Maine, Barron completed three patrols as a division officer. Following her submarine assignment, Barron was Flag Aide to the Superintendent at the Naval Academy until her selection as an astronaut.[1]

NASA career

In June 2017, Barron was selected as a member of NASA Astronaut Group 22, and began her two-year training.[1] She was the fifth female Naval Academy graduate selected as an astronaut candidate.[5]

She is in training for the SpaceX Crew-3 mission, where she will work aboard the International Space Station as a mission specialist. The launch is planned for October 30, 2021.[6]

Personal life

Barron is married to Tom Barron, a U.S. Army Special Forces officer.[7] She enjoys hiking, backpacking, running, and reading.[1]


Barron was a Trident Scholar and Distinguished Graduate at the Naval Academy, and a Gates Cambridge Scholar at Cambridge.[1]


Warfare insignia

Submarine Officer badge.jpg Submarine Warfare Insignia (Dolphins) [8]

Decorations and medals

Navy Commendation Medal
Navy Achievement Medal


  1. ^ a b c d e f Garcia, Mark (February 7, 2018). "Astronaut Candidate Kayla Barron". NASA. Retrieved September 10, 2018. Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  2. ^ "Kayla Sax Barron". SpaceFacts. April 18, 2018. Retrieved September 10, 2018.
  3. ^ "Former Navy track athlete Kayla Barron selected to 2017 NASA astronaut candidate class". The Patriot League. June 8, 2017. Retrieved September 10, 2018.
  4. ^ "Profile". Gates Cambridge. Archived from the original on April 27, 2020. Retrieved May 20, 2021.
  5. ^ "Notable Graduates, Astronauts". United States Naval Academy. Retrieved May 20, 2021. Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  6. ^ "Kayla Barron Joins NASA's SpaceX Crew-3 Mission to Space Station". NASA. May 17, 2021. Retrieved May 17, 2021. Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  7. ^ Marbella, Jean (June 9, 2017). "Naval Academy grad, aide one of 12 new astronaut candidates". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved September 11, 2018.
  8. ^ Qualification badge * Submarine Qualification Insignia, a.k.a. "Dolphins"