Astronaut Poses With 4-Year-Old Son In NASA Photo Shoot, Making Her The Coolest Mom Ever

"He is my 'why.'"

In August of 2017, Anne C. McClain, a NASA astronaut, brought her 4-year-old son to her official photo shoot. Now, the photos are circulating, and they are nothing short of precious. 

"The hardest part about training for space is the [4-year-old] I have to leave behind every time I walk out the door," McClain said Sunday, according to Business Insider (BI). She was speaking with soccer player Abby Wambach on the topic of work-life balance. "I try to remember he will grow up and know what it looks like, behind the scenes, to pursue a dream. He is my 'why.'"

On Tuesday, McClain shared the adorable NASA photo shoot on her Twitter, which has since been deactivated. In one photo, her son holds a stuffed animal elephant. In another, he kisses her on the cheek. 

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Photo Courtesy Bill Stafford I NASA

In a Tuesday Tweet, McClain said: "[S]ometimes, I bring him to work with me," Not sure who enjoys it more!" reports BI. 

McClain is a decorated US Army Major, an attack helicopter pilot, and an aerospace engineer. She has earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical/Aeronautical Engineering from West Point, and is a 2002 Marshall Scholar with a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Bath, and a Master of Science in International Relations from the University of Bristol, according to NASA. She was selected by NASA in 2013, a career that isn't easy to accomplish considering all of the requirements. 

When it comes to being an astronaut, BI quoted McClain saying that her son thinks "it's pretty normal."

"His teacher asked their class what their parents did, and he told her I am an engineer. I asked if he told her anything else. He responded, 'Mama, NONE of my friends have ever met an engineer."

McClain is set to take off to the International Space Station in November

Check out the images from her photo shoot below: 

Photo Courtesy Bill Stafford I NASA
Photo Courtesy Bill Stafford I NASA
Photo Courtesy Bill Stafford I NASA
Photo Courtesy Bill Stafford I NASA

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