Heather Archuletta was born and raised in San Francisco, and has degrees from Mills College in nearby Oakland, and the University of London, England. She loves to travel for both jobs and leisure, having lived in 7 US states and visited 47. After working in the tech industry for 17 years at large corporations like Oracle and Western Digital, she joined a NASA program for space flight simulations, which studies the long-term effects of weightlessness on the human body. These projects help Johnson Space Center scientists learn more about how to keep astronauts healthy in space for long duration flights, and she now works to find other qualified applicants for the programs. Her "Pillow Astronaut" blog (http://pillownaut.blogspot.com), which describes the flight sims in both personal and medical detail, has been featured in Wired, Popular Science and FOX news in America, as well as news outlets in Europe, India, Scandinavia and Russia.