Portrait of Susan Helms
Susan Helms is an American astronaut who was born on February 26, 1958,
in North Carolina.
Before she became an astronaut, Helms was a flight test engineer. She
has flown in 30 different types of aircraft.
Helms became an astronaut in 1990. She has spent over 812 hours
in space on 3 spaceflights.
Helms made her first spaceflight aboard STS-54 in 1993. The crew
deployed a Tracking and Data Relay Satellite during this mission. In
1994, she flew aboard STS-64. The crew studied the Earth's troposphere
Helms made her third spaceflight in 1996, aboard STS-78. This held an
international crew that studied the life sciences.
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