Photo courtesy of National Aeronautics and Space Administration, nasa.gov (accessed January 16, 2013).
Date of Birth: January 14, 1943
Oklahoma Connection: Raised in Bethany, Oklahoma
Shannon Lucid’s parents were missionaries in China when Lucid was born in Shanghai. As an infant, the Japanese Army held her and her family captive in a prison camp. Her parents came back to the United States, and Lucid grew up in Bethany. She attended the University of Oklahoma and received her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. While in college, Lucid took flying lessons. NASA selected her as one of the first female astronauts. She went on many missions and conducted experiments. Her last mission was as a board engineer on the Russian space station, Mir. This showed that now that the Cold War had ended, Russians and Americans were cooperating with each other.
First female astronaut candidates, 1978. Shannon Lucid on far left. Photo courtesy of National Aeronautics and Space Administration, nasa.gov (accessed January 16, 2013).
Shannon Lucid’s polo shirt (1999.057.001, Shannon Lucid Collection, Oklahoma Historical Society Collections).