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Astronaut Hall of Fame to induct 4 new members

(WAFF) - A three-time shuttle astronaut ( STS-51-D,STS-40,STS-58) and an alumna of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine is being inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame this week.
           
Dr. Margaret Rhea Seddon is a 1973 graduate of the medical school and one of NASA's first female astronauts. Her first flight was in 1985.
           
The induction ceremony will take place this Saturday at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Cape Canaveral, Florida. It begins at 1 p.m.
           
Seddon was selected by NASA in 1978 as one of the first six women to enter the astronaut program. She spent a total of 30 days in space.
           
The University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis said from 1996 to 2007, Seddon was assistant chief medical officer at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. Since 2007, she has been co-owner of LifeWings Partners LLC.
 
Others being inducted into the Hall of Fame are former astronauts John Grunsfeld, Steve Lindsey and Kent Rominger .

Grunsfeld was selected as a NASA astronaut in March 1992. A five-flight veteran, he logged more than 58 days in space, including 58 hours and 30 minutes of extravehicular activity during eight spacewalks. Three of his missions focused on repairing and upgrading NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.


Lindsey was selected as a NASA astronaut in March 1995. A veteran of five spaceflights, he logged more than 1,510 hours in space. Lindsey served on several notable missions, including STS-95 alongside Sen. John Glenn, STS-121, the second Return to Flight mission after the loss of Columbia, and STS-133, the final flight of shuttle Discovery.


Rominger was selected by NASA to become an astronaut in 1992. A veteran of five spaceflights – three as pilot and two as commander – he logged more than 1,600 hours in space.


Several of Rominger's missions were integral to the beginnings of the International Space Station. As commander of STS-96, Rominger oversaw the first docking of a space shuttle to the space station.


Their induction brings the total number of space explorers enshrined to 91.


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