First Six Women Astronauts

Rhea Seddon

One of the first six women accepted by NASA, former astronaut, and veteran of three space shuttle flights, Dr. Seddon is a national speaker and award-winning author who today encourages young and old alike to Go for Orbit and reach for the stars.

Rhea’s life experiences have led her from surgeon to licensed private pilot, wife, mother, corporate executive, entrepreneur, business owner, author, and now public speaker.

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Tom Werner, Duluth International Airport Executive DirectorDr. Seddon engaged the audience and had them captivated from the start as she shared her life’s experiences; her humor and positive outlook are infectious.
Mark Hagen, Minnesota Council of AirportsDr. Seddon did a very great job of personalizing her talk to our group of airport operators. She was well prepared in taking her life experiences and making them relevant to us. Our post event survey of attendees indicated that Dr. Seddon’s speech was very well received by the audience.
Kathrine Bailey, Austin Peay State UniversityDr. Rhea Seddon brings the excitement of space travel and STEM to audiences with expert story telling skill. Her ability to bring her own life experiences to create connection and meaning keeps young and old delighted and awed. Dr. Seddon's presentation at Austin Peay State University was a highlight for all of us during our August 21, 2017 experience. I recommend her highly as a keynote speaker and can attest to the ease of working with she and her staff for a memorable and personal experience.
Michael H. Gold, M.D., Medical Director, Gold Skin Care Center, Tennessee Clinical Research CenterWe had the great fortune of having Dr. Rhea Seddon speak at our Music City SCALE meeting this past August...we could not be more thankful for Rhea being a part of the meeting, telling her story, and for sure inspiring everyone on following your dreams and desires, even when they seem to be so far away. Rhea has proven that there are no barriers that can’t be broken and that we all have the opportunities to pursue our dreams, no matter how distant they seem – and in her case, a great distance.  The feedback from having her speak was amazing and we again were so honored by her presence and thankful to have her as a hometown hero!!

About Dr Seddon

Former astronaut, RHEA SEDDON, M.D., is a national speaker, award-winning author and veteran of three space shuttle flights. A woman of many firsts, Dr. Seddon was one of the first six women accepted by NASA, her marriage to Capt. Robert “Hoot” Gibson produced the “first astronaut couple” and the two of them produced the first official “astrotots.”

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