Portrait of Kathryn Thornton
Kathryn Thornton is an astronaut who was born on August 17, 1952, in
Alabama. Before she became an astronaut, Thornton worked as a nuclear
physicist in West Germany.
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 deployed
the Magellan spacecraft which went on to explore Venus. Thornton flew
aboard STS-42 in 1992. The crew conducted 55 experiments in space
manufacturing and life sciences.
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