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Sunnyside Up. By Jon Marmor. A Farm Girl From the Yakima Valley, Bonne Dunbar Used Her Love of Science and Dogged Determination to Become an Astronat - and the Alumna of the Year. Photo courtesy NASA.

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A veteran of five space flights, Bonnie Dunbar, '71, '75 has logged more than 1,208 hours (50 days) in space -- more than any other female astronaut. She has traveled 20.4 million miles in 796 orbits of Earth.

Challenger, Oct. 30-Nov. 6, 1985: In this mission - the West German D-1 Spacelab mission -- funded by the West German government, Dunbar was responsible for operating Spacelab and its subsystems as well as performing a variety of experiments. Mission duration: 7 days, 44 minutes, 51 seconds, traveling 2.5 million miles in 111 orbits of Earth.

I have no fear. Risks are just part of our business.

Columbia, Jan. 9-20, 1990: Dunbar was principal investigator of the Microgravity Disturbance Experiment, using the Fluids Experiment Apparatus. Mission duration: 10 days, 21 hours, 1 minute, 38 seconds, traveling 4.5 million miles in 173 orbits of Earth.

Columbia, June 25-July 9, 1992: Dunbar was payload commander for this mission, which was dedicated to microgravity fluid physics and materials science. Mission duration: 13 days, 19 hours, 30 minutes, 4 seconds, traveling 5.7 million miles in 221 orbits of Earth.

Commerorative patch from 1998 mission that docked with the Russian Space Station Mir.


Commerorative patch from 1998 mission that docked with the Russian Space Station Mir.

Atlantis, June 27-July 7, 1995: First space shuttle mission to dock with Russian Space Station Mir. Dunbar was a mission specialist. Mission duration: 9 days, 19 hours, 23 minutes and 8 seconds, traveling 4.1 million miles in 153 orbits of Earth.

Endeavor, Jan. 22-31, 1998: The eighth shuttle-Mir docking mission. Dunbar was the payload commander, responsible for all payload activities including the conduct of 23 technology and science experiments. Mission duration: 8 days, 19 hours, 47 seconds, traveling 3.6 million miles in 138 orbits of Earth.

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