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  • What: Live Online Chat with NASA Astronaut Catherine G. "Cady" Coleman, Ph.D. (Colonel, USAF)

    When: Monday, Dec. 6, 2004

    10:30 - 11:30 AM Alaska Time
    11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time
    12:30 - 1:30 PM Mountain Time
    1:30 - 2:30 PM Central Time
    2:30 - 3:30 PM Eastern Time


    Coleman graduated from W.T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, Virginia, in 1978 and received a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1983. Also in 1983, she was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Air Force and was assigned to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in 1988. Coleman earned a doctorate in polymer science and engineering from the University of Massachusetts in 1991.

    Coleman began working at the NASA Johnson Space Center in 1992. She served in the Astronaut Office Payloads and Habitability Branch, working with experiment designers to ensure that payloads could be operated successfully in the microgravity environment of low-Earth orbit. As the lead astronaut for long-term space flight habitability issues, she led the effort to label the Russian segments of the International Space Station in English and also tracked issues such as acoustics and living accommodations aboard the station.

    She served as a mission specialist on STS-73 Columbia (Oct. 20 to Nov. 5, 1995), which was the second U.S. Microgravity Laboratory mission. Coleman orbited the Earth 256 times, traveled more than six million miles, and logged more than 15 days in space. She was the lead mission specialist onboard STS-93 Columbia (July 22-27, 1999), which deployed the Chandra X-Ray Observatory. This telescope was designed to conduct studies of the universe, such as exploding stars, quasars, and black holes. A veteran of two space missions, Coleman has logged more than 500 hours in space.
    (Information courtesy NASA)

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