NASA Space Shuttle-era astronauts Shannon Lucid, the first woman to receive the U.S. Congressional Space Medal of Honor, and Jerry Ross, the first human to launch into space seven times, will be inducted into the U S. Astronaut Hall of Fame, on May 3 during ceremonies at the Kennedy Space Center.
Shannon Lucid, first female Congressional Space Medal of Honor recipient. Photo Credit:USAHOF
Lucid, a biochemist that was selected by NASA for astronaut training in 1978, flew five times, including a 188-day stay aboard Russia's Mir space station in 1996. Until 2007, Lucid held the record for the most time accumulated in space by a female, 223 days. She served as the agency's chief scientist in Washington between early 2002 and late 2003.
Jerry Ross, first human to launch into space seven times. Photo Credit: USAHOF.
Ross, a U.S. Air Force flight test engineer and former NASA flight controller who was selected for astronaut training in 1980, logged nine spacewalks. Much of his extravehicular activity was directed toward the early assembly of the International Space Station. Ross launched for the final time in 2002 and subsequently served as chief of the vehicle integration test office for the shuttle program.
Both retired from the space agency in January 2012.
Their Hall of Fame selections were announced Feb. 7 by the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation. They raise to 87 the number of Hall members, whose space flight contributions date to the Mercury program.
The Hall was established in 1990.