On this day in Alabama history: NASA astronaut Kay Hire was born

On this day in Alabama history: NASA astronaut Kay Hire was born
Members of the STS-90 crew participate in Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (TCDT) activities. The STS-90 crew members are, from left to right, Payload Specialist Jay Buckey, M.D., Pilot Scott Altman, Mission Specialist Kathryn "Kay" Hire, Commander Richard Searfoss, Payload Specialist James Pawelczyk, Ph.D., Mission Specialist Dafydd "Dave" Williams with the Canadian Space Agency, and Mission Specialist Richard Linnehan, D.V.M. (NASA)

August 26, 1959

Kathryn P. “Kay” Hire, a NASA astronaut and captain in the U.S. Navy Reserve, was born in Mobile. After earning her Naval Flight Officer wings in October 1982, Hire conducted worldwide airborne oceanographic research missions with Oceanographic Development Squadron Eight (VXN-8) based at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. Hire flew as Mission Specialist-2 on STS-90 Neurolab (1998) and logged more than 381 hours in space. She served as the Astronaut Office Lead for Shuttle Avionics Integration Laboratory (SAIL), Shuttle Payloads and Flight Crew Equipment. Hire is considered a “NASA Management Astronaut,” which means that she is employed at NASA but no longer eligible for spaceflight assignments.

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