Woman Astronaut Goes to Mir
One of NASA's original female astronauts will board the shuttle Atlantis Thursday (3-21) to dock with the Russian space station Mir on March 22. Shannon Lucid, 53, will become the first American woman to live on Mir and the first woman to fly in space five times. A biochemist with two children, Lucid made her first space mission in 1985 and will stay on Mir for four and a half months.
Media Resources: The Nando Net and Reuters - March 17, 1996