Linda Maxine Godwin

Linda Maxine Godwin

American female astronaut
Date of Birth: 02.07.1952
Country: USA

  1. Linda Maxine Godwin Biography
  2. Early Life and Education
  3. Career at NASA
  4. Spaceflights
  5. Awards and Honors

Linda Maxine Godwin Biography

Early Life and Education

Linda Maxine Godwin, an American astronaut, was born on July 2, 1952, in Cape Girardeau. However, her hometown was Jackson, Missouri. She completed her high school education in Jackson in 1970, received a bachelor's degree in mathematics and physics from Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau in 1974, a master's degree in 1976, and a doctorate in physics from the University of Missouri in Columbia in 1980.

Career at NASA

Linda Godwin has been a member of NASA since 1980 and a astronaut candidate since 1985. She served as the Deputy Director of Flight Crew Operations at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center. Godwin is a member of several prestigious organizations, including the American Physical Society, "The Ninety-Nines," the Association of Space Explorers, and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.


Godwin became the 241st person in space, the 148th American astronaut, and the 14th woman to complete an orbital spaceflight. She spent a total of 38 days, 6 hours, and 13 minutes in space and conducted over 10 hours of extravehicular activities during two spacewalks.

- 1st Spaceflight: April 5, 1991, aboard the space shuttle Atlantis (STS-37).
- 2nd Spaceflight: April 9, 1994, aboard the space shuttle Endeavour (STS-59).
- 3rd Spaceflight: March 22, 1996, aboard the space shuttle Atlantis (STS-76).
- 4th Spaceflight: December 5, 2001, aboard the space shuttle Endeavour (STS-108).

Awards and Honors

Throughout her career, Godwin has received several notable awards, including the NASA Outstanding Performance Rating, Sustained Superior Performance Award, and Outstanding Leadership Award.