For the Record with Charley McDowell: Kathryn Thornton [manuscript], 1998 September 25.
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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) was established as an independent agency of the executive branch on October 1, 1958 by the National Aeronautics and Space Act (72 Stat. 426), approved July 29, 1958. It superseded the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA). NASA conducted redsearch on problems of flight, developed aeronautical and space vehicles, explored outer space, and participated in international programs for the peaceful development of space technology....
Kathryn Thornton (b. Aug. 17, 1952, Montgomery, AL), physicist and astronaut. Served on crew of shuttles Discovery, Endeavor, and Columbia....