Research Psychologist, Human Systems Integrations Division, NASA Ames Research Center
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Patricia CowingsResearch Psychologist, Human Systems Integrations Division, NASA Ames Research Center
Inducted in: 2009
Patricia Cowings began her career at NASA more than 30 years ago as the first African-American female scientist to be trained as an astronaut payload specialist. After working on Spacelab Mission Development-3, a simulated space shuttle mission, her experiment to study how astronauts adapt to the weightlessness of space was selected to fly on the STS-51B and STS-51C shuttle flights in 1985. This led Cowings to design an ambulatory instrument that made it easier to monitor the astronauts' physiological responses in space.