Anna Lee Fisher, the first mother in space. Pictured here in 1979 when she was selected by NASA as a candidate for space travel, Fisher is currently the oldest active American astronaut. (NASA/DoD)
Happy birthday to one of NASA's oldest active astronauts - Anna Fisher.
"Anna Lee Tingle Fisher is an American chemist and a NASA astronaut. Formerly married to fellow astronaut Bill Fisher, and the mother of two children, in 1984 she became the first mother in space. Fisher is the oldest active American astronaut. Wikipedia”
Anna Fisher, 1979: The first female astronaut (by: James Vaughan)
Steven Ray Nagel
(STS-51-G, 61-A, 37, 55)
Following the second successful unpowered free flight of the Space Shuttle Enterprise, a formation of five T-38s and NASA’s 747 shuttle carrier fly overhead to salute the new addition to America’s space fleet. Edwards Air Force Base, California, September 13, 1977.
(Department of Defense)
Astronaut Rhea Seddon practicing on Resusci Anne, the cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training mannequin, during a Zero G flight on the KC-135. Terry Slezak can be seen on the right with the camera.
Sonny Carter was the true star of Georgia’s astronauts section. Sonny was supposed to fly on STS-42, but was killed before he could go up. The patch with his name on it is very hard to find, but the version that did fly has a gold star on it in remembrance of him.
Shuttle Atlantis Wrapped Up
The space shuttle Atlantis has been encased in a protective plastic, a wrap that will keep the spacecraft dust-free while construction crews finish building the exhibit hall to showcase her to the public.
Since reaching the retirement home, Atlantis was offloaded from the 76-wheel motorized transporter and secured to beams that will be used for lifting the 152,700-pound craft into its display configuration.
Workers this week covered the shuttle with the same type of wrapping you might see around boats being shipped down the highway. It will keep the dust and debris from coming in contact with the priceless artifact in the construction zone.