James F. Buchli and Janet Kavandi join the other members of the Astronaut Hall of Fame in the United States to take pictures during Saturday's ceremonies at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Center.

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James F. Buchli and Janet L. Kavandi, members of the United States Hall of Fame, are presented to the crowd during Saturday's ceremonies at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Center.

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James F. Buchli and Janet L. Kavandi, members of the US Hall of Fame. UU., They are shown with their similarities during the ceremonies of Saturday in the Visitor Center of the Kennedy Space Center.

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Janet L. Kavandi, a member of the United States Hall of Fame, addresses the crowd during Saturday's ceremonies at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Center.

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James F. Buchli and Janet L. Kavandi, members of the United States Hall of Fame, welcome each other during the Saturday ceremonies at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Center.

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James F. Buchli talks about his time as an astronaut during his induction into the United States Astronaut Hall of Fame during Saturday's ceremonies at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Center.

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James F. Buchli is included in the United States Astronaut Hall of Fame by fellow astronaut Michael Coats during Saturday's ceremonies at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Center.

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Janet L. Kavandi, a member of the United States Hall of Fame, introduces herself to the crowd during Saturday's ceremonies at the Visitors Center at the Kennedy Space Center.

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James F. Buchli greets the crowd during his presentation at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Buchli was included in the Hall of Fame of the US astronauts during Saturday's ceremonies.

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The astronaut Hall of Fame during a ceremony on Saturday at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Center.

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Janet L. Kavandi, a member of the United States Hall of Fame, laughs at a joke by Steven Lindsey during Saturday's ceremonies at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Center.

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James F. Buchli and Janet L. Kavandi, representatives of the US Hall of Fame. UU., Represent photos on Saturday in the Visitor Center Kennedy Space Center.

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US astronaut Hall of Fame member James F. Buchli is interviewed after his induction on Saturday at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Center.

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Janet L. Kavandi, a member of the United States Hall of Fame, is interviewed after her induction on Saturday at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Center.

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CANAVERAL DE CABO – Both were from small towns in the middle of America destined for great things.

Janet Kavandi remembers looking at the night sky from rural Missouri, where the Milky Way would be in full display. James Buchli came home after a 13-month tour of Vietnam in a low winter in North Dakota.

Together, they would uproot and fly more than a total of 20 million miles in orbit, circling the earth hundreds of times each. Buchli carried out four shuttle missions between 1985 and 1991. Kavandi undertook three missions between 1998 and 2001.

The two space shuttle astronauts were included in the US Astronaut Hall of Fame. UU Saturday as part of the 18th clbad of space explorers to be recognized. Only 99 astronauts have been induced.

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Astronauts James Buchli and Janet Kavandi of the veteran shuttle are included in the US Astronaut Hall of Fame Clbad. UU From 2019 in ceremonies at the Visitors Center of the Kennedy Space Center.
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Kavandi, a scientist with several advanced degrees, could emit an air of calm academy, at least that's what astronaut Steve Lindsey thought when he met her.

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That was until they were on the ferry where the crew was accused of trying a new space-age swim.

"Suddenly, something long and brown is floating towards us" from under the curtain outside the toilet, Lindsey recalled. He watched in horror and disgust until he saw Kavandi in the corner holding a video camera and laughing.

A room full of the brightest and bravest astronauts of the country was broken by the anecdote, but for Kavandi, the practical jokes later came to the science of space travel.

Among his proudest contributions are the topography recordings he made, some of which are still used in today's navigation applications. On a larger scale, he also participated in the launch of a device called the alpha magnetic spectrometer.

"It's up there collecting cosmic particles since the beginning of time" looking for antimatter in space, said Kavandi. "That is one of the most fundamental experiments we have in space to help answer some of the most profound questions about the origins of the universe."

For Buchli, it was both mission and science.

"I have been very fortunate and fortunate to have had the opportunity to fly in space," said Buchli. "Our space programs are a big part of the technical engine that drives our nation."

Both astronauts, a scientist and a soldier, arrived at the ferry program by different trajectories, but both recognized their families as a big part of their success.

Buchli recalled talking to his wife when NASA was looking for the first astronaut clbad for the shuttle program and how they made the decision together not to miss the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Kavandi recalled how the loss of her own parents at an early age made her appreciate her family and colleagues even more in the space program.

"These people are also my family, we treat each other as a family, we make fun of each other, but we are also together for each other," Kavandi said. "At any difficult time, your family will always be there for you."

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