USA TODAY: 2 inducted into Astronaut Hall of Fame


2 inducted into Astronaut Hall of Fame

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The memories and accomplishments of two astronauts helped inspire another generation of explorers Saturday. Shannon Lucid and Jerry Ross of the shuttle era were inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Each told of the challenges, triumphs and lighter moments of their careers in space to an audience assembled underneath shuttle Atlantis. “It is amazing to hear what these people have done,” said a 22-year-old Daniel Abercrombie, who graduates this month from Penn State with degrees in physics and nuclear engineering. “It is so inspirational.” Lucid is the only American woman to serve aboard Mir, the Russian space station. She logged 5,354 flight hours in space, a record for a female astronaut until 2007.

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