NASA Astronaut Set to Speak at CEBAF

NASA Astronaut Kathryn C. Thornton, Ph.D. will speak at the Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility (CEBAF) in Newport News, VA on Wednesday, April 17, 1996 at 4:00 p.m. Dr. Thornton will address the CEBAF staff about her mission aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia. She will describe her experiments in fluid physics, materials science, biotechnology, and combustion science. She is available at 3:30 for media questions.

Dr. Thornton will also address science-minded students, grades 6 through 12, parents, and teachers about her experiences in space repairing the Hubble Space Telescope and other experiments later that day at 7:00 p.m.

Dr. Thorton's formal education is in physics, and she was selected by NASA to become an astronaut in May of 1984. Dr. Thornton has traveled to space four times and has logged 40 days in space, including 21 hours of space walking.

Dr. Thornton's seminar is part of CEBAF's 7th annual Winter and Spring Science Series that features scientists and engineers from around the world who speak on science related issues such as weather, archaeology, lasers, and the human body. The seminar is open to the public but is aimed at students in grades 6 through 12 who are interested in science.