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Shannon M. W. Lucid

Lucid circa 2004
NASA Astronaut
Nationality American
Status Retired[1]
Born (1943-01-14) January 14, 1943 (age 73)
Shanghai, China
Other occupation
Biochemist
Time in space
223d 02h 50m
Selection 1978 NASA Group
Missions STS-51-G, STS-34, STS-43, STS-58, STS-76, Mir NASA-1, STS-79
Mission insignia

I was really desperate. I don't know if you can remember back that far, but when I went to graduate school they didn't want females in graduate school. They were very open about it. They didn't mince their words. But then I got in and I got my degree.
Shannon Lucid
Sometimes people here can get so focused on, Oh, I've got to get a flight, that it becomes the end all of everything. Then they go off and fly a couple of flights and they think, Okay, is that all there is in life? No, it's not. There's a whole big life out there.
Shannon Lucid
I try to tell the people that are sort of new here when they come in and do their flights and whatever, the things that you remember most after your flights are the interactions you've had with your crew. Those are the most satisfying things you take away from a flight.
Shannon Lucid
It was just using the liquid shampoo – the Russians have one very similar to the stuff we use on the Shuttle – you just wet your hair with it and then wipe it out.
Shannon Lucid
If you look at the whole thing, I think the most gratifying thing is my kids, without a doubt.
Shannon Lucid
When I got my PhD, it was a time when there were just no jobs for PhDs. Period. PhDs were getting the lowest paid technician jobs, if they were lucky, in any kind of science.
Shannon Lucid
Basically, all my life I'd been told you can't do that because you're female. So I guess I just didn't pay any attention. I just went ahead and did what I could and then, when the stars aligned, I was ready.
Shannon Lucid
It was just really, really tough getting anything when you were a female. Basically, I just took advantage of everything I could. But when people are going to flat out tell you they're not going to hire anyone that's female, there's not much you can do about it.
Shannon Lucid
I think that over the years, whether they want to admit it or not, people have to admit that the women astronauts have performed just as well as the men astronauts.
Shannon Lucid