Vickie Gutierrez began working at NASA in 2002, but her first step toward her career began as she watched Neil Armstrong take his first step on the moon. Gutierrez's interest continued to grow as she experienced her own thrill of a countdown and launch of a rocket she built for a fifth grade class demonstration. After taking a career assessment test in middle school, Gutierrez found that aerospace engineering was among her top choices. It was then that she began to put a name to her future; she wanted to work at NASA. Part of the "Women@NASA" series.