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STS-112 — NASA Astronaut Pam Melroy

By Marcia K. Gitelman On October 7, 2002 STS-112 was launched from the Kennedy Space Center bound for the International Space Station.  The crew had two women in critical flight positions.  Pam Melroy, Pilot, assisted Commander Jeff Ashby.  Sandy Magnus functioned as Flight Engineer. This was Pam’s second flight as Pilot and Sandy’s initial experience […]

In Memoriam Kalpana Chawla 7/01/1961 – 2/01/2003 STS-107 Columbia

 By Marcia K. Gitelman Kalpana Chawla or KC, as she was known to her friends and fellow astronauts, was born in India, the third girl in a family of four children.  This shaped her destiny, as all of her life she was determined “not to be just another girl”.  She eventually became the second astronaut […]