ISS-2 Flight Engineer
NASA Astronaut (Col. U.S. Air Force)
Lindon. B. Johnson Space Center, USA
DATA AND PLACE OF BIRTH:
February 26, 1958, Charlotte, North Caroline.
In 1980 she graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy as a member of
the first woman's team.
FAMILY STATUS: Single.
AWARDS AND RANKS:
She has a bachelor's degree of aviation technology (1980) and master's
degree of aeronautics and astronautics (1985).
After graduating from the Air Force Academy she started serving in
the U.S. Air Force. Till 1984 she was F-16 and F-15 armaments engineer
at Aeglin Air Base in Florida.
In 1985 she came back to the U.S. Air Force Academy as an instructor
and professor assistant in aeronautics.
In 1989 she was directed to the Aerospace Test Center at Cold-Lake
Canadian Air Force air base in Alberta, where she was selected as a candidate
to 13th NASA astronaut team. In July 1991 she finished a general space
training course as a mission specialist. S. Helms performed four space
The first flight in January 13 - 19, 1993 on Endevour (STS-54).
The second flight in September 9 -20, 1994 on Discovery (STS-64).
The third flight from June 20 to July 7, 1996 as a payload operations
manager on Columbia (STS-78) with the Spacelab Laboratory (LMS).
The forth flight in May 19 - 29, 2000 on Atlantis (STS-101).
On November 17, 1997 J. Helms was appointed a member of the ISS-2 prime
crew and started training with Yu. Usachev and J. Voss.