THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release December 2, 1996
The President today awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor to Dr. Shannon W. Lucid. The text of the citation reads as follows:
Through five historic and complex Space Shuttle missions during 18 years with NASA, Dr. Shannon W. Lucid has personified the excellence that is the hallmark of our space program. While aboard the Russian Space Station Mir, with grace and good humor, she conducted important scientific experiments, communicated with citizens around the world, and broke the American record and women's world record for continuous time in space. Her contributions to international cooperation and research in space are an inspiration to all who have gazed into the nighttime sky. Shannon Lucid is an explorer in the best tradition of those who dare to challenge the unknown.
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