|Volume: 02, Issue: 20||12/01/2004|
Chat Live with NASA AstronautNASA 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.
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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