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Ellen S. Baker
Official NASA biography of Ellen Baker whose first mission was in 1989.
African American astronaut and M.D., she was selected by NASA in 1996 for astronaut training.
India-born astronaut selected in 1994, Kalpana Chawla first flew a mission in 1997.
Laurel Blair Salton Clark
Dr. Clark (an M.D.) was a Naval officer who joined the astronaut program in 1996.
Catherine G. Coleman joined NASA in 1992 and first flew a mission in 1995.
Nancy Jane Currie
Nancy Currie is an engineer who joined NASA in 1987 and first flew a shuttle mission in 1993. She flew again in 1995, 1998 and 2002.
N. Jan Davis
Jan Davis joined NASA in 1979 as an aerospace engineer and joined the astronaut program in 1987. She first flew in 1992, on the 50th space shuttle mission.
Official NASA biography of Bonnie Dunmar, an engineer, who became an astronaut in 1981 and first flew in space in 1985.
Anna L. Fisher
Dr. Anna Fisher (an M.D.) joined astronaut training in 1978 and served on the ground crew for many early space shuttle missions. Her first mission in space was in 1984, and included the first space salvage mission in history.
Linda Godwin joined NASA in 1980 and became an astronaut candidate in 1985. Her first mission, on the Atlantis in 1991, carried out a number of experiments and an unscheduled space walk.
Susan Helms, a former astronaut, is a U.S. Air Force Academy graduate (1980) and was selected as an astronaut in 1990. She first flew in 1993 and last in 2001 for a total of five flights. She held a record in EVA of almost 9 hours.
African American engineer and astronaut, Joan Higginbotham went to work at the Kennedy Space Center in 1987 and became an astronaut in 1996.
Kay Hire - Kathryn P. Hire - went to work as an engineer for NASA in 1989 and became an astronaut in 1995. She first flew on a space mission in 1998.
Marsha Ivins joined the astronaut program in 1984 and first flew on a space shuttle mission in 1990.
Tammy Jernigan - Tamara E. Jernigan - is a research scientist who was selected for astronaut training in 1985 and first flew in 1991.
Janet Lynn Kavandi is an engineer who became an astronaut in 1995 and served as a mission specialist on her first space shuttle flight in 1998.
A naval pilot, Susan Kilrain became an astronaut in 1995, and her first shuttle missions were in 1997.
Wendy B. Lawrence, a 1981 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, began her astronaut career in 1992 and first flew in 1995.
Shannon Lucid, a chemist and pilot, joined the NASA astronaut program in 1979. Her first flight was in 1985, and she olds the U.S. single mission space flight endurance record on the Russian space station Mir. In 1993 she became the American woman with the most hours in space.
Sandra H. Magnus, an engineer, was selected as an astronaut by NASA in 1996.
Pamela Ann Melroy
Pamela Ann Melroy, an astronaut since 1994, piloted STS-92 in the year 2000.
Lisa Nowak, an engineer, pilot and U.S. Naval Academy graduate, joined the astronaut program in 1996.
Gale biography of the first female Hispanic American astronaut. She's also an engineer, researcher and musician.
Ellen Ochoa is an engineer who became an astronaut in 1991 and first flew on a space shuttle mission in 1993.
Julie Payette, an astronaut with the Canadian Space Agency, is a Quebec-born pilot and engineer. She was selected by the CSA in 1992 and completed NASA astronaut training in 1998. Her first space shuttle mission was in 1999, where she was a mission specialist. She is the Chief Astronaut for the Canadian Space Agency.
Dr. Margaret Seddon, a former NASA astronaut married to former astronaut Robert L. Gibson, became an astronaut in 1979 and first flew in space, on a Discovery mission, in 1985. She served on two more missions in 1991 and 1993 before retiring from NASA in 1997.
Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper, a naval officer, joined NASA as an astronaut candidate in 1996.
An astronaut since 1985, Kathyrn Thornton first served on a mission in 1989, and served on flights in 1992 and 1993 before leaving NASA in 1996, when she joined the faculty at the University of Virginia. NASA press release photographs of mission STS61 include several of Thornton.
Janice Voss joined the astronaut program in 1991 and first flew a space shuttle mission in 1993.
Mary Ellen Weaver
Mary Ellen Weaver worked in several space-related jobs, including as Legislative Affairs liaison at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC, before joining the astronaut program in 1992. Her first space mission was in 1995.
Peggy Whitson, a biochemist, was selected for astronaut training in 1996. Since 1991 she has worked on joint US-USSR and US-Russian space programs, and in 2002 became the only American with two Russian cosmonauts living on the International Space Station.
Stephanie Wilson, an African American astronaut and engineer, joined the astronaut program in 1996.