On this day in Alabama history: Astronaut Jan Davis returned to Earth

On this day in Alabama history: Astronaut Jan Davis returned to Earth
Astronaut N. Jan Davis, payload commander, is pictured at the work station for the Remote Manipulator System (RMS) on the aft flight deck of the Space Shuttle Discovery. Davis controlled and oversaw operations with the Cryogenic Infrared Spectrometers and Telescopes for the Atmosphere-Shuttle Pallet Satellite-2 (CRISTA-SPAS-2) during the 12-day mission in Earth-orbit. (Wikimedia, NASA)

February 11, 1994

Astronaut Jan Davis returned to Earth on the space shuttle Discovery after completing 130 orbits. A native of Florida, Davis moved to Huntsville as an elementary school student and joined NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center as an aerospace engineer in 1979. Over the course of her career, Davis flew on three space shuttle missions (including her first with fellow Alabamian Mae Jemison), logged more than 673 hours and 11 million miles in space, orbited the Earth 445 times, and held a number of leadership positions throughout NASA. Davis was inducted into the Alabama Aviation Hall of Fame and the Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame in 2001.

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