Monday, September 26, 2016

Shannon Lucid returns to Earth after 188 days in space 1996

Oklahoman Shannon Lucid set a record for the longest single-mission spaceflight endurance record on the Russian space station Mir. She spent 188 days, returning to Earth on September 26, 1996.  While on board, she traveled 75.2 million miles.

Shannon took off on the Space Shuttle Atlantis March 22, 1996.  It was the 16th mission for Atlantis and the third Shuttle mission to dock with Mir.   She returned on Atlantis on its next space flight which took off September 16.

Lucid was inducted into the Oklahoma Woman's Hall of Fame in 1993.

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