Duckworth's family had just returned to her childhood home in Bridgeton after running errands -- Duckworth can't remember exactly what kind of errands -- when she stopped and turned her eyes to the sky.
"I pointed up at the stars, and I just said, 'Home,'" Duckworth, 30, tells Daily RFT. "They knew that I was destined for space."
Three decades later, as the only St. Louisan named as a finalist for the Mars One mission to build a human colony on the Red Planet, Duckworth feels her destiny may be coming true. A lifetime of peering through telescopes, making star charts and dreaming of space has prepared her to compete fervently for one of twenty-four one-way tickets to Mars.More »