Twelfth Group to Enter the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame Includes more Women than Men
According to recent reports, the twelfth group of astronauts to be inducted to the U. S. Astronaut Hall of Fame includes more women than men this year.
Included in the group were Eileen Collins, the first woman to pilot and command the space shuttle and her fellow astronauts Curt Brown and Bonnie Dunbar. The ceremony was held at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida.
Collins and Dunbar were given an `honor for sky' of the 30-year anniversary of the first American woman flying in space, the late Sally Ride. Ride was inducted in 2003. Three of the honorees were welcomed by the previous awardees of the Hall of Fame.
They included first shuttle pilot Robert Crippen, Apollo moonwalker Buzz Aldrin and astronaut Charles Bolden, the NASA Administrator currently. Bolden congratulated the new inductees, who are the second group of shuttle veterans who have been chosen to enter the Hall of Fame after the 30-year winged-orbiter program ended in 2011.
Choosing what to display in the Hall of Fame is the new challenge for the inductees. "I am trying to get over the initial shock of being in the Hall. I don't know what items I will display, I will have to go back and think about that", said Brown.
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