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Dr. Shannon Lucid's Latest Mission

Fri Sep 29, 2006 1:28 am

American astronaut Shannon Lucid accompanied NASA Administrator Michael Griffin's first mission to China this past week and, according to a recent article, lent a special touch to the proceedings.

You see, uniquely, I believe, among members of the U.S. astronaut corps, Dr. Lucid was born in Shanghai, China, six decades ago.

Quite a journey to her country of birth, after a career that has allowed her to see the entire world in just one glance.

Source:

http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/008200609272082.htm

References:

http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/lucid.html

http://www.spaceref.com/news/viewpr.html?pid=20893

(Excerpt, supra)

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For Lucid, the trip will bring back memories of her unique childhood upbringing. As an infant, in 1943, during the height of World War II, Shannon was held captive along with her parents, aunts and uncle, and grandparents, by the Japanese Army in Shanghai's Chapei Civil Assembly Center prison camp. Shannon learned to walk in early 1944 onboard the Swedish ship Gripsholm, the world’s first transatlantic motorship, which transferred Shannon and her parents back to the United States as part of a peaceful exchange of noncombatant citizens of the warfaring nations. The Gripsholm made its way back to the U.S. via India and South Africa. While in port in Johannesburg, Shannon received her first pair of shoes.

After her family spent the rest of the war years in Fort Worth, Texas, they returned to China, along with her newly-born brother Joe and sister Ann, and lived at times in Shanghai, Nanking and Anking. Because her siblings were frequently ill, Shannon, then four, would join her father on his travels. She recalls constant attention because of her blond hair and blue eyes, and wondering why she couldn’t have "black hair and brown eyes like everyone else." Her father took this as an opportunity for a teaching moment, telling Shannon, "You have to be happy with the way you are. That's the way God created you."


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RE: Dr. Shannon Lucid's Latest Mission

Fri Sep 29, 2006 4:08 am

She was CAPCOM on one of the ISS orbit teams during STS-115

Very impressive lady Big grin
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RE: Dr. Shannon Lucid's Latest Mission

Fri Sep 29, 2006 4:25 am

She's received a special medal that only nine other astronauts have, as well, if I recall correctly. That's very impressive.

I have great respect for our astronauts.

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RE: Dr. Shannon Lucid's Latest Mission

Fri Sep 29, 2006 5:11 am

Quoting AerospaceFan (Reply 2):
I have great respect for our astronauts.

It's hard not to. If you think about all the achievements they have to bring to the table to earn a place among under 1,000 people in all of human history to go into space they have to be special.
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RE: Dr. Shannon Lucid's Latest Mission

Sun Oct 01, 2006 8:06 am

And to think that even as we read this Website, there are thousands of high-achieving Americans who aspire to be part of NASA. The thought helps reinspire one's faith in our system.
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RE: Dr. Shannon Lucid's Latest Mission

Sun Oct 01, 2006 11:20 am

Try to read this with the Jose Jimenez voice going through your head a-la "The Right Stuff"

http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/outreach/jobsinfo/astronaut101.html

Once you have laughed yourself sensless read these:

http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/lucid.html
http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/ride-sk.html
http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/melroy.html
http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/collins.html

If those don't tell you girls can kick ass I don't know what will.

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RE: Dr. Shannon Lucid's Latest Mission

Sun Oct 01, 2006 11:05 pm

I think it's wonderful that NASA has such dedicated astronauts and feel more confident than ever that its people deserve the respect of all those who desire to promote high achievement and scientific learning as some of the highest values we could convey to generations to come.

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