Bonnie Dunbar

Bonnie Dunbar, Sigma Iota-Washington, a Space Shuttle Astronaut, was inducted into the Women in Technology International (WITI) Hall of Fame, one of five women in the world so honored. With five NASA Space Flight Medals, Dunbar has logged more than 1,208 hours (50 days) in space. She served as a mission specialist on five space flights, spending over 761 hours in space on just 3 of her 5 spaceflights. Dunbar is considered one of the most experienced female astronauts in the world. Her space missions include the: STS 61-A in 1985, STS-32 in 1990, STS-71 in 1995, Payload Commander on STS-50 in 1992, and STS-89 in 1998. The 1992 mission was a two week assignment aboard the Microgravity Laboratory. During this mission, the crew conducted several experiments on space manufacturing. In February 1994, she traveled to Star City, Russia, where she spent 13-months training as a back-up crew member for a 3-month flight on the Russian Space Station, Mir. From October 1995 to November 1996, she was detailed to the NASA JSC Mission Operations Directorate as Assistant Director where she was responsible for chairing the International Space Station Training Readiness Reviews, and facilitating Russian/American operations and training strategies. Currently, Dunbar serves as Assistant Director to the NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) with a focus on university research. Dunbar is a private pilot with over 200 hours in single engine land aircraft, has logged more than 700 hours flying time in T-38 jets as co-pilot, and has over 100 hours as co-pilot in a Cessna Citation Jet.

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