WHO: Janet Kavandi, a three-time space shuttle astronaut who received her doctorate in chemistry from the University of Washington
WHAT: A free public seminar, “A view from space: The missions of Astronaut Janet Kavandi”
WHEN: 10 a.m. Thursday, March 18
WHERE: Kane Hall, Walker-Ames Room, UW Seattle campus
DETAILS: Kavandi was awarded a doctorate in chemistry in 1990 for her work with pressure-sensitive coatings to aid in studying air pressure on surfaces such as airplane wings. She subsequently joined the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, logging 33 days in space and 13.1 million miles traveled in 535 Earth orbits. Her missions have included the final space shuttle mission to the Russian space station Mir and a trip to the International Space Station. She also has worked in NASA’s mission control in charge of spacecraft communications.