Volume: 02, Issue: 20 12/01/2004 
Astronaut Catherine "Cady" Coleman.
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Catherine "Cady" Coleman on the STS-93 mission.
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Swift Satellite Soars into Space
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A Tale of Two Moons

Chat Live with NASA Astronaut

NASA Astronaut Catherine G. “Cady” Coleman has logged more than 500 hours in space. Find out what it is like to be in space by chatting with a veteran of two space missions. Coleman will answer questions about spaceflight from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. CST on Monday, Dec. 6, 2004.

Live Chat with NASA Astronaut Catherine G. “Cady” Coleman, Ph.D. (Colonel, USAF)

Monday, Dec. 6, 2004

10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Alaska
11:30 a.m.– 12:30 p.m. Pacific
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Mountain
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Central
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Eastern

Questions may be submitted prior to or during the designated chat time. Go to www.space-explorers.com/internal/mercurious/index.asp?room=coleman2004 to begin submitting questions. The archived chat will be posted at this link after the chat takes place.

Coleman earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1983. Also in that year, she was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in the Air Force. She was then assigned to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in 1988. She 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 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. A veteran of two space missions, Coleman has logged more than 500 hours in space.

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