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September 10, 1996

Ed Campion Sept. 10, 1996
Headquarters, Washington, DC
(Phone: 202/358-1778)

Eileen Hawley
Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX
(Phone: (281)/483-5111)

Release: 96-185

Seddon to Support Life Science Investigations at Vanderbilt

Astronaut M. Rhea Seddon, M.D., has been assigned to a part-time post at Vanderbilt University's Center for Space Physiology and Medicine in Nashville, TN, effective September 15.

Seddon will act as a liaison assisting Vanderbilt researchers in evaluating flight equipment and developing experiment operating procedures for NASA's 1998 Neurolab mission. Neurolab will study the adaptation of the nervous system to microgravity during a 16-day flight aboard Columbia. Seddon is a three-time Shuttle veteran, including two flights dedicated to life science investigations.

"Rhea's medical background and extensive experience gained during her two Spacelab Life Science missions make her uniquely qualified for this position," said David C. Leestma, director of Flight Crew Operations. "She will be representing the interests of the Johnson Space Center and the astronaut office in designing and developing protocols for this flight."

Seddon remains a member of the astronaut office during this assignment. Selected in 1978 as one of the first six women accepted to NASA's astronaut corps, Seddon has logged more than 722 hours in space during her three flights.


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