Wendy B. Lawrence Status: Retired 7/2/1959 – Nationality: American Type: Government First Flight: 3/2/1995 Last Flight: 7/26/2005 Wendy Barrien Lawrence is a retired United States Navy Captain, former helicopter pilot, an engineer, and a former NASA astronaut. She was the first female graduate of the United States Naval Academy to fly into space and she has also visited the Russian Space Station Mir. She was a mission specialist on STS-114, the first Space Shuttle flight after the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster. Launches Space Shuttle Endeavour / OV-105 | STS-67 Space Shuttle Atlantis / OV-104 | STS-86 Space Shuttle Discovery / OV-103 | STS-91 Space Shuttle Discovery / OV-103 | STS-114 National Aeronautics and Space Administration Type: Government Abbreviation: NASA Administration: Administrator: Jim Bridenstine Founded: 1958 Launchers: Space Shuttle | SLS Spacecraft: Orion Country: USA The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is an independent agency of the executive branch of the United States federal government responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research. NASA have many launch facilities but most are inactive. The most commonly used pad will be LC-39B at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.