84-Year Old Wants To Be An Astronaut

July 6, 2011 Updated Jul 6, 2011 at 6:53 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

July 6, 2011 Updated Jul 6, 2011 at 6:53 PM EDT

(North Tonawanda, N.Y) For three decades, Jean Kroetsch has been heading to Florida to watch Space Shuttles blast off.

The 84-year old senior citizen says that she has been to 40 shuttle launches - and she doesn't plan to miss the last one.

Space Shuttle Atlantis is scheduled to take off on America's final shuttle mission this Friday morning.

"They'll be some tears," say Jean Kroetsch.

Jean's late-husband, Walter, spent 43 years working for the Bell Aerospace Company in Western New York.

During the Apollo Moon program, Bell built rocket motors for the Saturn V and the Lunar Lander.

After viewing a Saturn V launch with her husband in 1972, Jean became fascinated with the Space Program.

She now boasts a large collection on space memorabilia and Shuttle flight patches.

Would she ever want to travel to space?

"I'd jump right on a spaceship and go!"