In December 2017 former astronaut Janet Kavandi tweeted a picture of a group of women astronauts taken at an astronaut reunion.

There are nine of them I can't identify, can anyone name them? I've annotated the picture to show the ones I don't know.

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  • $\begingroup$ #7 might be Nicole Aunapu Mann $\endgroup$ – Bret Copeland Aug 18 '19 at 23:34
  • $\begingroup$ @BretCopeland I think you are right. Consider posting an answer, partial answers are fine. $\endgroup$ – Organic Marble Aug 18 '19 at 23:36
  • $\begingroup$ Fair enough. Done. I'd really love to see you caption all of the people you do recognize! I only recognize a small handful, but I've never met any of them either. $\endgroup$ – Bret Copeland Aug 19 '19 at 0:08
  • $\begingroup$ @BretCopeland Good idea! I don't want to clutter the picture up with more numbers, but eventually I'll post an answer with everybody numbered and ID/d. The ones I don't know appear to be from before and after my time in Spaceflight Training (Nicole Mann being an example of after). The other ones I either recognize or have been fortunate enough to have worked with. $\endgroup$ – Organic Marble Aug 19 '19 at 0:52
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    $\begingroup$ This site has suggestions for each person that look pretty legit, if someone wants to take a crack at it. You have to scroll down the thread to get to the picture from the OP. collectspace.com/ubb/Forum38/HTML/002068.html $\endgroup$ – called2voyage Aug 19 '19 at 16:29
  1. Shannon Lucid
  2. Jenni Sidey
  3. Loral O'Hara
  4. Zena Cardman
  5. Kayla Barron
  6. Jessica Watkins
  7. Nicole Aunapu Mann
  8. Kathryn D. Sullivan
  9. Mary Ellen Weber


Complete Caption:

Back Row (left to right): Jenni Sidey, Stephanie Wilson, Ellen Ochoa, Jasmin Moghbeli, Loral O’Hara, Peggy Whitson, Janet Kavandi, Nicole Stott, Zena Cardman, Kate Rubins, Kayla Barron

Front Row (left to right): Eileen Collins, Shannon Lucid, Rhea Seddon, Karen Nyberg, Lisa Nowak, Sandy Magnus, Joan Higginbotham, Bonnie Dunbar, Mary Ellen Weber, Kathy Sullivan, Megan McArthur Behnken, Barbara Morgan, Nicole Mann, Julie Payette, Cady Coleman, Jessica Watkins

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  • $\begingroup$ Agree about the low res picture. Searches to find a better one were unsuccessful :( $\endgroup$ – Organic Marble Aug 19 '19 at 0:59
  • $\begingroup$ Bret, I added a potentially helpful resource to the comments of the question. $\endgroup$ – called2voyage Aug 19 '19 at 16:50
  • $\begingroup$ @called2voyage awesome, I'll update this answer! $\endgroup$ – Bret Copeland Aug 19 '19 at 20:51
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks! Even though now I feel even more out of touch with the program. I've never really heard of these Group 21 and 22 people :( And I would not have recognized Weber and Sullivan even though I've met them long ago. $\endgroup$ – Organic Marble Aug 19 '19 at 21:06
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    $\begingroup$ @OrganicMarble that may be so, but I bet most of us wish we had even half the amount of first-hand experience with the human spaceflight program that you had. I mean, I gave a whole talk on how to land the shuttle... but I've never actually met anyone who did. $\endgroup$ – Bret Copeland Aug 19 '19 at 21:09

3 looks like Loral O'Hara:


It looks like Wikipedia doesn't have the ASCANs up to date.

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  • $\begingroup$ Rubins looks like the one standing next to #4, while #3 looks like Karen Nygard ??? $\endgroup$ – amI Aug 19 '19 at 4:46
  • $\begingroup$ @aml Looks like Wikipedia hasn't been updated. I edited my answer. $\endgroup$ – CourageousPotato Aug 19 '19 at 4:49
  • $\begingroup$ Great find! The picture on that page helped me identify three more of the people. $\endgroup$ – Bret Copeland Aug 19 '19 at 5:16
  • $\begingroup$ @amI I think Nygard is the one standing just below #2 $\endgroup$ – Bret Copeland Aug 19 '19 at 5:23
  • $\begingroup$ If y'all mean Nyberg, yes, she's below #2. $\endgroup$ – Organic Marble Aug 19 '19 at 10:57

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