- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 26, 2015

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - An alumna of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine is being inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame this week.

Dr. Margaret Rhea Seddon is a 1973 graduate of the medical school and one of NASA’s first female astronauts.

The public ceremony will be held Saturday at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Seddon is a three-time space shuttle astronaut. She was selected by NASA in 1978 as one of the first six women to enter the astronaut program. She spent a total of 30 days in space.

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis said from 1996 to 2007, Seddon was assistant chief medical officer at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. Since 2007, she has been co-owner of LifeWings Partners LLC.

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