Portrait of Kathryn Thornton
Kathryn Thornton is an astronaut who was born on August 17, 1952, in
Thornton became an astronaut in 1985. She has spent over 975 hours on 3
Thornton made her first spaceflight aboard STS-33 in 1989. The crew
deployed a satellite during this mission. In 1992, she flew aboard
STS-49. Thornton performed an 8-hour spacewalk.
In 1989, Thornton made her third flight aboard STS-33. The crew put
the Magellan spacecraft into space. It went on to explore Venus. Thornton
flew aboard STS-42 in 1992.
Shop Windows to the Universe Science Store!
Learn about Earth and space science, and have fun while doing it! The games
section of our online store
includes a climate change card game
and the Traveling Nitrogen game
You might also be interested in:
What types of instructional experiences help K-8 students learn science with understanding? What do science educators teachers, teacher leaders, science specialists, professional development staff, curriculum designers, school administrators need to know to create and support such experiences?...more
Andrew Allen is an American astronaut who was born on August 4, 1955 in Pennsylvania. Before he became an astronauts, Allen was a Navy and Marines pilot. He has flown 30 different airplanes. Allen became...more
Jay Apt is an American astronaut who was born on April 28, 1949 in Massachusetts. Before he became an astronaut, Apt was a physicist who studied the solar system. In 1986, Apt became an astronaut. He...more
Neil Armstrong is an American astronaut who was born in Ohio in 1930. In July of 1969, he made history by becoming the first person to walk on the moon. Before entering the space program, Armstrong was...more
Ellen Baker is an American astronaut who was born on April 27, 1953 in North Carolina. Before she became an astronaut she was a geologist and a medical doctor. Baker joined NASA as a medical officer in...more
Michael Baker is an American astronaut who was born on October 27, 1953 in Tennessee. Before he became an astronaut, Baker was a Navy pilot. He flew over 5000 hours aboard 50 different types of aircraft....more
John Blaha is an American astronaut who was born on August 26, 1942 in Texas. Before he became an astronaut, Blaha was an Air Force pilot. He has flown over 5500 hours in 33 different types of aircraft....more
Guion Bluford is an American astronaut who was born on November 22, 1942 in Pennsylvania. Before he became an astronaut, Bluford was a pilot for the Air Force. He flew over 4800 hours on several different...more