Shannon Matilda Wells Lucid (born January - American biochemist and a retired NASA astronaut - flown in space five times - one time, she held the record for the longest duration stay in space by an American, as well as by a woman
The Columbia crew. From the left: Mission Specialist David Brown, Commander Rick Husband, Mission Specialists Laurel Clark, Kalpana Chawla and Michael Anderson, Pilot William McCool and Payload Specialist Ilan Ramon.
In Frederick Drew Gregory was the Black person to command a space shuttle. Gregory was also the to pilot a space shuttle mission in Frederick Drew Gregory's uncle, Dr. Charles Drew, was a developer of blood plasma storage
NASA Astronaut Jacot Nyberg will be in space at the anniversary of women in space. Go Karen! - Expedition portrait of Karen Nyberg. Credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center (At least somebody named Karen finally made it!
Kalpana Chawla first Indian American woman in space. In Chawla was one of the seven crew members who died in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster Role model, reminder that our potential is equal to the vastness of space.