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Marsha Ivins

Marsha Ivins is an American astronaut who was born on April 15, 1951, in Maryland. Before she became an astronaut, Ivins worked as an aerospace engineer.

Ivins became an astronaut in 1985. She has spent over 1009 hours in space on four flights.

In 1990, Ivins made her first spaceflight aboard STS-32. The crew deployed a communication satellite during this mission. She flew aboard STS-46 in 1992. The first Tethered Satellite System was tested during this flight.

Ivins made her third flight in 1994, aboard STS-62. The conducted several experiments in materials science and manufacturing. Ivins flew aboard STS-81 in 1997. The crew docked with the Russian Mir Space Station for 8 days.


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