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FC: Kathryn Ryan Cordell Thornton
1: Kathryn Ryan Cordell Thornton was born on August 17, 1952, which would make her now around 59 or 60 years old. She is an American astronaut and physicist. She was born in Montgomery, Alabama. | Early Life
2: Educational Upbringing | She graduated from Sidney Lanier high school (Montgomery,Alabama) in 1970. She later graduated from Auburn University in 1974 with a bachelor of science degree in physics. In 1977 she furthered that to a masters degree. In 1979 she got the Doctorate of Philosophy in physics from the University of Virginia. After that she got a NATO postdoctoral fellowship to continue her studies at the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics in Heidelberg, Germany. In 1980 she returned to Charlottesville, VA where she worked physicist at the U.S. Army Foreign Science and Technology Center. She was selected by the NASA program in May, 1984 and became an astronaut in July 1985.
3: Major Contribution to Science | Kathryn's major contribution to science is she served on the space shuttle which had serviced the Hubble Space Telescope. This is a major contribution because without her they may not have been able to fix it. Her vast knowledge of Physics was important in order for her to complete 11 day flight which started on December 2nd, 1993 aboard the space shuttle Endeavour.
4: Interesting Facts | Some interesting facts are she enjoys skiing and scuba diving. She was a part of the Honor societies: Sigma Pi Sigma, Phi Kappa Phi, and Sigma Xi. She is also a member of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
5: Why she is important | I believe she is an important woman because she led a lot of women to further their education in the field of physics and astronomy as well. She helped service the HST and that was an amazing accomplishment as well as being able to even be in NASA is huge. She is an important leader for women who think they can't do much when they really can achieve a lot.