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Shannon Lucid

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US astronaut and biochemist, born in Shanghai, China to missionary parents. She grew up in Bethany, Oklahoma, and went to the University of Oklahoma, obtaining a doctorate in biochemistry in 1973. She joined NASA's astronaut corps in 1978, and went on her first flight in Discovery in 1985. In 1996 she set a new record for the longest US space mission (188 days) in orbit aboard the Mir space station. The distance she travelled during that time was equivalent to roughly half the distance between the Earth and the Sun. She became the first woman to be awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor.

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