One of the guest astronauts at Touch Tomorrow, 2015, Catherine “Cady” Coleman, stopped by the Gordon Library table in the Sports and Recreation Center. In a serendipitous moment, she discovered that she was featured in one of the posters in the library display on Women and the Science of Space.
Coleman joined NASA in 1992. She has logged more than 4000 hours in space. She was on mission STS-73 Columbia in 1995, a United States Microgravity Laboratory mission. She was on STS-93 Columbia in 1999 which was a mission for the deployment of the Chandra X-Ray Observatory. In 2010, she traveled to the International Space Station aboard the Russian Soyuz TMA-20, serving as a flight engineer.
Coleman was one of many women featured in the library’s display including Esther Goddard, wife of Robert Goddard, Valentina Tereshkova, the Russian Cosmonaut who was the first woman in space, and NASA Astronaut Katherine Sullivan who was the first woman to go on a spacewalk. It was a thrill for the library staff who were at the table to meet and chat with Cady, as it must have been for the many visitors at the Touch Tomorrow event.
Informational Source: NASA.gov