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Meet Retired Astronaut Rhea Seddon

Meet Retired Astronaut Rhea Seddon

Did you ever dream of traveling to outer space? Want to hear about what it’s like from someone who has been there/done that?

Rhea Seddon will talk about her out of this world life as an astronaut on Saturday, June 18, at 1:00 p.m. at the Williamson County Public Library in Franklin. She spent 19 years with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). In 1978 she was selected as one of the first six women to enter the NASA Astronaut Corps. She served as a Mission Specialist on flights in 1985 and 1991 and as Payload Commander in charge of all science activities on her final flight in 1993. This brought her total time in space to 30 days.

Dr. Seddon captured the adventure of being one of the first women in the Astronaut Program in her book Go For Orbit.  At her presentation, autographed copies will be available for $40. She will also be happy to pose for pictures, especially with children. The event is free and open to everyone. To attend, register online at or call 615-595-1243.

After leaving NASA in 1996, Seddon was the Assistant Chief Medical Officer of the Vanderbilt Medical Group in Nashville for 11 years. While there she led an initiative aimed at improving patient safety, quality of care, and team effectiveness by the use of an aviation-based model of Crew Resource Management. Now with LifeWings Partners, LLC she teaches this concept to healthcare institutions across the United States. A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in physiology, Dr. Seddon received her M.D. degree from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Memphis, where she completed her residency in General Surgery.