Thu, Jan 06, 2011
Flew Five Missions Between 1990 and 2001
NASA astronaut Marsha Ivins (pictured), a veteran of five
spaceflights, has retired from the agency.
"Marsha's incredible depth of mission experience and technical
expertise has been a tremendous asset to this office," said Peggy
Whitson, chief of the Astronaut Office at NASA's Johnson Space
Center in Houston. "We have relied on her expertise for years in
many diverse areas, including but not limited to crew provisions,
optimal hardware packing, human ratings development, vehicle
habitability and orbiter preflight vehicle checks. Her expertise
and dedication to NASA's mission will be sorely missed."
Ivins joined NASA in 1974 as an engineer. She worked on space
shuttle displays, controls, man-machine engineering and the
development of the orbiter's head-up display. She served in
Johnson's aircraft operations as a flight engineer for the Shuttle
Training Aircraft and copilot of the Gulfstream I.
Ivins was selected as an astronaut in 1984. She spent more than
1,300 hours in space during five shuttle flights: STS-32 in 1990,
STS-46 in 1992, STS-62 in 1994, STS-81 in 1997 and STS-98 in
2001. She most recently worked within the Astronaut
Office supporting the Space Shuttle, International Space Station
and Constellation Programs.
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