Kathryn Ryan Cordell Thornton (Ph.D.) (born August 17, 1952 in Montgomery, Alabama) is an American scientist and a former NASA astronaut with over 975 hours in space.


Other occupation Physicist

Space time 40d 15h 14m

Selection 1984 NASA Group

Missions STS-33, STS-49, STS-61, STS-73

Dr Thornton graduated in 1974 from Auburn with a bachelors degree in Physics she went on to log 21 hours of extravehicular activities (EVA). She is currently the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs in the University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science.  From who She Holds a Masters and PHD.


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*Thomas "Ken" Mattingly      *Clifton Curtis 'C.C.' Williams    *Henry "Hank" Hartsfield                     *James Shelton Voss             *Nancy Jan Davis                    *Kathryn Ryan Cordell Thornton


Auburn Astronaut Alumni