Kathryn Thornton

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Date of Birth August 17, 1952
Place of Birth Montgomery, Alabama
Age 68 years old
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Kathryn C. Thornton

Kathryn Ryan Cordell Thornton is an American scientist and a former NASA astronaut with over 975 hours in space, including 21 hours of extravehicular activity. She was the associate dean for graduate programs at the University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science, currently a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering.

Nationality: American
Status: Retired
Born: Aug 17, 1952, Montgomery, Alabama, U.S.
Other occupation: Physicist
Alma mater: Auburn University, B.S. 1974, University of Virginia, M.S. 1977, Ph.D. 1979
Time in space: 40d 15h 14m
Selection: 1984 NASA Group 10
Missions: STS-33, STS-49, STS-61, STS-73

About Kathryn Thornton

Physicist who flew on four NASA spaceflights. She also served as Dean of the University of Virginia's School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Before Fame

She was the recipient of a NATO postdoctoral fellowship.


She was on the crew of a Space Shuttle Discovery Department of Defense mission.

Family Life

She married Steven Thornton.


She and Sally Ride were both female astronauts.

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  • University of Virginia faculty
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