Shytoya Mckinney at the NASA George C Marshall Space Flight Center. Photo provided by Shytoya Mckinney
Shytoya Mckinney at the NASA George C Marshall Space Flight Center. Photo provided by Shytoya Mckinney

Shytoya is an aerospace engineering student at Auburn University. She is @aerospacetoya on Twitter. She is currently doing rocket propulsion research at her University as well volunteering with NASA an a Solar System Ambassador! She aspires to be an astronaut.

1 Are you an early bird or night owl?

Early bird

2 Are you pro- or anti-pun?


3 Do you have any pets?


4 Do you have any science-themed home decor?

I have space related posters and decorations!

5 Do you prefer cooking or baking?


6 Do you prefer sweet or savory?


7 Do you speak any other languages?


8 If you could switch professions, what would you do?

I would be a physicist.

9 If you could switch science fields, what field would you want to work in?

I would like to work in the astronomy field.

10 If you got a plane ticket right now, where would it go?


11 If you had one superpower, what would it be?

Be invisible!

12 Is there anything you strongly recommend we watch and/or read and/or listen to?

Read anything by Stephen Hawking!

13 It’s your day off. What do you want to do?

Code or read!

14 What are three things you can’t live without?

I can’t live without my phone, shrimp, or sushi!

15 What beverage gives you life?

Dr. Pepper!

16 What book did you read in school that positively shaped you?

To Kill a Mockingbird

17 What did you want to be when you grew up?

An astronaut!

18 What drives you and keeps you going?

My fiancé drives me and also my journey drives me to keep me going!

19 What got you excited in science?

Staring at the stars in the night sky!

20 What excites you about science now?


21 What is a guilty pleasure of yours?

Binge watching every possible show on NETFLIX

22 What is a secret talent of yours?

Photographic memory

23 What is your favorite game?


24 What is the last book you read?

House of Night series

25 What is one of the best pieces of advice you’ve received?

Keep going and survive each storm you have had.

26 What is something you’ve always wanted to try but you’ve been too scared to do?


27 What is the best advice for your 18 year old self?


28 What is the best way to de-stress?


29 What is the last thing you watched?

Black Mirror

30 What is the weirdest thing you’ve had in your bag?


31 What is your favorite animal?


32 What is your favorite book?

House of Night series

33 What is your favorite comfort food?


34 What is your favorite day of the year?

My birthday! Labor Day!

35 What is your favorite plant?


36 What is your favorite science fact?

Space is extremely cold and has a very harsh envy.

37 What is your favorite season?


38 What is your favorite smell?

Smell of gasoline

39 What is your favorite sound?

Me typing when I’m coding

40 What is your favorite thing about yourself?

That I’ve survived everything and I continue to survive

41 What is your favorite word (in any language)?


42 What is your proudest moment?

Graduating with 2 degrees and working for NASA

43 What kind of tree would you be?

Weeping Willow!

44 What’s the best thing about where you live?

Auburn football

45 Tell us something we probably don’t know.

The black line in shrimp is their poop.

46 Who would you like to see 46 Questions interview next?