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U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame Inductees 2015 Announced

By Marc Boucher
February 15, 2015
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U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame Inductees 2015 Announced
U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame Inductees 2015 Announced

This years group to be inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame has been announced. Include are: John Grunsfeld, Steven W. Lindsey, Kent V. Rominger and Dr. M. “Rhea” Seddon.
John Grunsfeld, Ph. D. is a veteran of five space shuttle missions (STS-67/Endeavour, STS-81/Atlantis, STS-103/Discovery, STS-109/Columbia and STS-125/Atlantis), including three missions to repair the Hubble Space Telescope. On STS-125/Atlantis, the fifth and final Hubble servicing mission, Grunsfeld performed three of the five spacewalks, spending nearly 21 hours repairing the ailing telescope. Throughout his career, Grunsfeld has logged more than 58 days in space, including 58 hours and 30 minutes on eight spacewalks.

Steven W. Lindsey (Colonel, USAF, Ret.) was selected as a NASA astronaut in March 1995. A veteran of five space shuttle flights, Lindsey has logged more than 1,510 hours in space. He served as pilot of two space shuttle flights and mission commander on three, including STS-104/Atlantis and STS-121/Discovery, the second Return to Flight mission after the loss of Columbia. Lindsey last served as commander of STS-133, the 39th and final mission of Space Shuttle Discovery, during which he and his crew delivered crucial components to the International Space Station, including Robonaut 2, or R2, the first human-like robot in space.

Kent V. Rominger (Captain, USN, Ret.) is a five-time space shuttle astronaut who has logged more than 1,600 hours in space. He flew as pilot on three space shuttle flights and mission commander on two, including STS-96/Discovery, the first-ever docking of a space shuttle to the International Space Station. Rominger visited the space station again on STS-100/Endeavour, when he and his crew installed the Canadian-built Robotic Arm and the Rafaello Logistics Module, completing the most complex robotics flight in the history of the Space Shuttle Program.

Dr. M. “Rhea” Seddon is a three-time space shuttle astronaut. She was selected by NASA in 1978 as one of the first six women to enter the astronaut program. On her final flight, STS-58/Columbia, Seddon was payload commander in charge of all science activities. This life science research flight is recognized by NASA as the most successful and efficient Spacelab mission ever flown. In all, Seddon has spent a total of 30 days in space.

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