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Margaret Rhea Seddon

Margaret Rhea Seddon is an American surgeon and retired NASA astronaut. After being selected as part of the first group of astronauts to include women in 1978, she flew on three Space Shuttle flights: as mission specialist on STS-51-D and STS-40, and as payload commander for STS-58, accumulating over 722 hours in space.

A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Seddon was awarded her doctor of medicine (MD) degree in 1973. She did her internship at the Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis three years residency at the University of Tennessee hospitals in Memphis, where she was the only woman in the General Surgery Residency Program. Before, during and after her career in the astronaut program, she has been active in emergency departments in Tennessee, Mississippi and Texas.

Selected as an astronaut candidate by NASA in January 1978, Seddon became an astronaut in August 1979. During the STS-51-D mission in April 1985, she used her surgical skills to operate a bone saw, which she used to build homemade repair tools for the U. S. Navy Syncom IV-3 satellite. The STS-40 Spacelab Life Sciences (SLS-1) mission in June 1991 was a dedicated space and life sciences mission, during which the crew performed experiments which explored how humans, animals and cells respond to microgravity and re-adapt to Earth's gravity on return. Other payloads included experiments designed to investigate materials science, plant biology and cosmic radiation, and tests of hardware proposed for the Space Station Freedom Health Maintenance Facility. For the STS-58 Spacelab Life Sciences-2 (SLS-2) mission, Seddon was the Payload Commander. During the fourteen-day flight in October and November 1993, the crew performed neurovestibular, cardiovascular, cardiopulmonary, metabolic, and musculoskeletal medical experiments on themselves and 48 rats, expanding our knowledge of human and animal physiology both on earth and in space flight. In addition, the crew performed ten engineering tests aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia and nine Extended Duration Orbiter Medical Project experiments.Her work at NASA also included development of the Space Shuttle Orbiter and payload software, the Shuttle Avionics Integration Laboratory, Flight Data File, Shuttle medical kit and checklists for launch and landing. She was a rescue helicopter physician for the early Shuttle flights and support crew member for STS-6. She served on NASA's Aerospace Medical Advisory Committee, as Technical Assistant to the Director of Flight Crew Operations, and as a Capsule Communicator (CAPCOM) in the Mission Control Center. In September 1996, she was detailed by NASA to Vanderbilt University Medical School in Nashville, Tennessee. She assisted in the preparation of cardiovascular experiments that flew aboard Space Shuttle Columbia on the Neurolab Spacelab flight in April 1998. Seddon retired from NASA in November 1997. She subsequently became Chief Medical Officer of the Vanderbilt Medical Group.

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Some of their strengths

Margaret Rhea Seddon has many admirable traits.

Based on spiritual traditions from around the world, they are someone who can be described as Intelligent, Imaginative, Passionate, Intuitive, Independent, Kind, and Diplomatic.

Intense and Passionate

According to Mysticism’s Astrology tradition, Margaret Rhea Seddon is someone who is an intense, passionate, and intuitive person who is fiercely independent, authentic and direct when engaging with others. A person who seems to identify with family, heritage and ancestry.

Charming and Sophisticated

Based on Daoism’s Ba-Zi or ‘Chinese Zodiac’ tradition, people who know Margaret Rhea Seddon well know them as someone who can be classy, glamorous, and worldly, like jewelry.

Imaginative and Sentimental

According to Hinduism’s Jyotisha or ‘Vedic Astrology’ tradition, many would also describe Margaret Rhea Seddon as someone who is imaginative, sentimental, and in touch with emotions.

A person who has extremely good memory and analytical skills, likes to make sure that everyone gets along, enjoys all kinds of situations and people, has a talent for travel and languages, and who makes lifelong friends.

Perceptive and Visionary

Based on the Mayan Tzolk’in or ‘Mayan Astrology’ tradition, Margaret Rhea Seddon is someone who has a natural awareness about what is going on in the surrounding environment and the world at large, and a refined vision of how to navigate it.

They are also someone who is patient, assertive, and who is a natural leader that likes to help others in need.

Mysterious and Methodical

According to Judaism’s Kabbalah tradition, Margaret Rhea Seddon tends to be someone who can come across as mysterious and intense, who can be a complex thinker who is methodical and intuitive, and who can overcome challenges that most others would not be able to.

Some of Margaret Rhea Seddon's challenges

While Margaret Rhea Seddon has many strengths, nobody is perfect. They also have some challenging traits they need to manage.

For example, Margaret Rhea Seddon can be Complicated, Brusque, Hesitant, Narcissistic, Arrogant, Status-seeking, and Irritable.

Complicated and Brusque

One of Margaret Rhea Seddon's key challenges is that they are someone who can be complicated and gruff with others.

Margaret Rhea Seddon must also exercise caution as they can be short-tempered and aggressive, and can have difficulty dealing with responsibility, authority, or criticism.

Irritable and Moody

Margaret Rhea Seddon is someone who can be irritable and moody, have a tendency to experience self-doubt, be too secretive, can take too many risks, and who can have an extreme approach to managing personal finances.

Sensitive and Aggressive

Finally, Margaret Rhea Seddon also can be too "touchy-feely", have a hard time expressing feelings, be too aggressive and headstrong, and be too unforgiving of others' mistakes.

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