- Catherine Coleman
name =Catherine Grace "Cady" Coleman
December 14, 1960
Charleston, South Carolina
rank =Colonel, USAF
selection =1992 NASA Group
time =20d 20h 43m
Catherine Grace "Cady" Coleman (born
December 14, 1960, in Charleston, South Carolina) is an officer in the United States Air Forceand a NASA astronaut. She is a veteran of two Space Shuttlemissions.
In 1979-1980 she was an exchange student at Røyken upper secondary school in Norway. She received a bachelor of science degree in
chemistryfrom the Massachusetts Institute of Technologyin 1983, as a member of the US Air Force ROTC. She was a member of the intercollegiate crew team and was a resident of Baker House.
After completing her regular education, she joined the Air Force as a second lieutenant while continuing her graduate work for a Ph.D. at the
University of Massachusetts. In 1988 she entered active duty at Wright-Patterson Air Force Baseas a research chemist. During her work she also participated at the analysis of the Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) experiment launched with STS-41-Cand retrieved with STS-32. In 1991 she received her doctoratein polymer scienceand engineering from the University of Massachusetts.
She was selected by
NASAin 1992 to become a mission specialist astronaut. She has taken part in two Space Shuttlemissions. In 1995 she was a member of the STS-73crew on the scientific mission USML-1 with experiments including biotechnology, combustion science and the physicsof fluids. During the flight, she reported to Houston Mission Control that she had spotted an unidentified flying object. She also trained for the mission STS-83to be the backup for Donald A. Thomas; however, as he recovered on time, she did not fly that mission. STS-93was Coleman's second space flight in 1999. She was mission specialist in charge of placing the Chandra X-ray Observatoryin orbit using the shuttle's robotic arm. [ [http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/coleman.html NASA biography] ] [ [http://www.spacefacts.de/bios/astronauts/english/coleman_catherine.htm Spacefacts biography of Catherine Coleman] ]
Coleman currently serves as chief of robotic arm operations and training for all Space Shuttle and
International Space Stationmissions. During mission STS-116, when a station solar panel array became stuck in mid-retraction, Coleman led the team responsible for devising its recovery. The solution involved using the station's robotic arm to deploy spacewalking astronauts who manually straightened affected elements of the array.
Coleman is married to
glass artist Josh Simpson.
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