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.
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.
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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