Zee Media Bureau/Salome Phelamei
Cape Canaveral, Florida: Two former astronauts and veteran space explorers, Shannon Lucid and Jerry Ross were inducted into the NASA Hall of Fame.
The induction ceremony took place on Saturday, May 3, at NASA`s Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
Now retired, both Lucid and Ross, who flew on missions on Atlantis, were honoured at the ceremony for their dedication to the space program and ground-breaking work for NASA.
Lucid became a NASA astronaut in 1979 and was a member of first class of astronauts that included female astronauts in space exploration missions. She was also the first woman and only the second US astronaut to live on the Russian Space Station Mir.
Breaking the world record, Ross became the first human to be launched into space seven times. He logged more than 58 days in space, and conducted nine spacewalks. His time spent conducting spacewalks is the all-time second highest among US astronauts.
With Lucid and Ross induction, the total number of space explorers inducted in the Hall of Fame is now 87.