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Woman of the Week – Nancy Currie (1958-)

Posted December 19, 2011 12:00 AM by SavvyExacta

Nancy Currie is an engineer who served in the U.S. Army for 23 years and became an astronaut in 1990. She is a veteran of four space shuttle missions, having logged 1,000 hours in space while flying as a mission specialist.

Currie began working with NASA's Johnson Space Center in September 1987. She was a flight simulation engineer, spacecraft communicator, chief of the Astronaut Office Robotics and Payloads-Habitability branches, and assisted in the development of advanced robotic systems.

Her first spaceflight launched on June 21, 1993. She and a crew on the space shuttle Endeavor retrieved EURECA, an unmanned satellite, and stored it in the shuttle's payload bay. Currie (then known as Nancy Sherlock) served as a mission specialist responsible for positioning Endeavor's robotic arm so fellow specialist David Low could snag the satellite. The function of the arm is to support the astronauts who are workout outside the shuttle - extra-vehicular activity (EVA), or spacewalking.

Currie served on the first-ever mission to the International Space Station (ISS) in 1998. The purpose of the mission was to deliver the first American module, the Unity node, to the ISS. Currie once again controlled the robotic arm. This time her task was to place the node on the orbital docking system of the ISS. She was part of the first crew to enter the ISS.

Currie controlled the shuttle's robotic arm again during a Columbia mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope in 2002. A new camera was installed and existing instruments were adjusted. This was Columbia's last mission - its next and final mission ended with a tragic accident during re-entry.

Currie is retired but serves as the Chief Engineer for the NASA Engineering and Safety Center at the Johnson Space Center.

Not related to Marie Curie.

Resources:

http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/currie.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nancy_J._Currie

http://www.spacefacts.de/bios/astronauts/english/currie_nancy.htm

http://articles.cnn.com/2002-03-06/tech/columbia.currie.intvu_1_hubble-mission-nancy-currie-john-grunsfeld?_s=PM:TECH

http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/jscfeatures/articles/000000024.html [image]

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12/19/2011 4:16 AM

Now that's some gal!
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12/20/2011 3:58 AM

Why wasn't she at home washing,ironing, cooking and raising kids ?

I'm guessing she did that as well, as already stated What a gal.

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