WARNER ROBINS -- When Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger was in middle school, she dreamed about becoming an astronaut.
Last week, the former high school science teacher brought her dream-come-true message to other young girls at Warner Robins Middle School.
One of her idols was Sally Ride, who was the first woman in space.
In 2004, NASA chose Metcalf-Lindenburger as an astronaut candidate, and on April 5, 2010, she flew on a mission into space.
She vividly remembers getting the phone call while teaching her third period ninth-grade class at Hudsons Bay High School in Vancouver, Wash.
I started screaming, Metcalf-Lindenburger said.
At Warner Robins Middle on March 25, dozens of girls were nearly as excited to get a chance to ask the astronaut questions, and one lucky seventh-grader got a picture.
I got a selfie with her, Anya Campbell said, showing off her phone to several of her friends.
About 50 seventh- and eighth-grade girls were selected by their teachers for showing an interest in the sciences, said Brandy Farrell, assistant principal of instruction.
Its a once in a lifetime event for girls to get to experience something like this, Farrell said.
As part of her presentation, Metcalf-Lindenburger showed a video of her 15 days in space.
The space station she worked at orbited the Earth every 90 minutes, so the group experienced a sunrise and sunset every 45 minutes.
One of our favorite things was to look out the window, said Metcalf-Lindenburger.
Through the windows, she saw lightning storms over Australia and viewed the Milky Way without the effects of the Earths atmosphere.
Metcalf-Lindenburgers job was a flight engineer and a robotic arm operator. She kept up the checklist between crew members and the ground during space walks.
On the first day at the space station, Metcalf-Lindenburger said she got space sickness.
At the end of the presentation, students asked a variety of questions including how the astronauts went to the bathroom in their space suits and whether Metcalf-Lindenburger was scared.
I was definitely aware I could die, she said.
As far as using the bathroom, the astronauts used diapers while they were in their suits for seven to eight hours at a time during space walks.
The crew also had 2½ hours of mandatory exercise per day to combat the muscle atrophy the body experiences in space.
The space environment was very harsh, she said.
Even keeping clean was a challenge, such as shampooing hair with water in pouches.
Though the mission was mostly work and there was very little free time, one of Metcalf-Lindenburgers favorite things to do was float.
Im never going to be able to do that here on Earth again, she said.