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Janet Kavandi, director of NASA's research center Glenn, and James Buchli, are the last NASA astronauts joining the US astronaut's hall.
"The pioneering spirit we see in every astronaut is truly illustrated by this year's challengers," said Jim Bridenstine, NASA's administrator. "Janet Kavandi and James Buchli represent the best of the American astronauts, and I congratulate them on achieving this prestigious honor, each contributing greatly to NASA's mission, and their efforts helped lay the foundations for what we are today – including the leadership of Janet Glenn The moon on Mars works – while we plan a course for the return of US astronauts to the lunar surface for five years, and finally on Mars.
Bob Cabana, director of the NASA Kennedy Space Center in Florida and recipient of 2008, was among the speakers at the ceremony, which was held on Saturday at the Kennedy Space Center visitor complex, and now brings the total number of 99 Space Explorers.
Kavand was a member of NASA's 15th Astronaut Candidate, elected in 1994. She is a veteran of three missions of spacecraft, serving as a mission specialist at STS-91 in 1998, STS-99 2000 and STS-104 in 2001. She has been reporting more than 33 days in space, traveling more than 13.1 million miles 535 Earth Orbits.
During his stay at NASA's Astronaut Office, Kavand supported the cargo space of the International Space Station, communications capsules and robotics, and served as Deputy Head of the Astronaut's Office. She became Director of Glenn 2016.
Buchli was part of NASA's 1978 astronaut candidate class. He was a crew member for spacecraft for STS-1 and STS-2, both in 1981 and served as a communicator on the orbit of the STS-2 capsule. A veteran four-space flight, Buchli sped around the Earth 319 times, traveling 7.74 million miles in the range of more than 20 days. He was a STS-51C mission specialist in 1985, STS-61A in 1985, STS-29 1989 and STS-48 1991. From March 1989 to May 1992, he was also deputy head of the astronaut's office.
The astronaut astronaut astronaut chooses astronauts for introducing into the hall of the famous American astronauts, which more than 30 years ago set up six surviving astronauts from Mercury 7 as a place where space travelers can memorize and indulge.
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