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One of only 40 women to go to space, Dr. Godwin served as a shuttle crew member on four shuttle missions. She operated the robotic arm, conducted two spacewalks, managed Earth science operations, conducted laboratory research on plant and animal cellular function, and visited the Russian Space Station MIR and the International Space Station.

Dr. Godwin reminds us that despite being over 100 miles above their fellows, astronauts are still humans who must live and work in an isolated community. She also shows us how truly important space travel is to understanding our world, and underscores its importance for the future.

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