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DavidH
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posted 01-04-2006 02:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DavidH   Click Here to Email DavidH     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A coworker got an e-mail asking if there have been any astronauts who were adopted?

Anyone know the answer?

ASCAN1984
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posted 01-04-2006 02:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ASCAN1984   Click Here to Email ASCAN1984     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That is a really good question but I think that it is best that it not be answered. What happens in an astronaut's private life is none of our business. But again an interesting question though.

DavidH
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posted 01-04-2006 02:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DavidH   Click Here to Email DavidH     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
To clarify: I'm not trying to out any secrets, just wondering if there are any who have publicly discussed it.

KC Stoever
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posted 01-04-2006 05:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KC Stoever   Click Here to Email KC Stoever     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My sense of the original 7 at least is that none of them was adopted. Wouldn't the others discuss any personal history, like adoption, in their memoirs? In which case, I think it's okay to discuss here.

Speaking of such matters, Carpenter openly discusses, in his bio, the facts of his conception, which predated his parents' actual marriage (on February 14, 1925) by nearly seven months.

The CU Boulder sweethearts, Florence Kelso Noxon (class of 1922) and M. Scott Carpenter (BA '22, MA,'24, Ph.D. '25) had in hand a forged church marriage certificate, dating a wedding to June 23, 1924, making their son's conception appear to most friends and family legitimate.

Knowing the steely Carpenter grandparents, disapproving of careless or libertine behavior on their son's part, adopting out the family's only grandchild would not have been an option.

randy
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posted 01-05-2006 12:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for randy   Click Here to Email randy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Being adopted myself, I have found some people don't mind telling others they're adopted, while others are very tightlipped about it. I don't mind if others know about myself, but apparently NASA just doesn't see fit to include that info in the astronaut bios, or the astronauts choose not to let it be known.

englau
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posted 07-03-2012 10:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for englau   Click Here to Email englau     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I second everything Randy said. As an adopted kid, I was curious and googled the original question and didn't come up with much.

I do not know the facts and stats of every astronaut out there (admittedly, I know a lot more about the female astronauts, so I know I'm probably missing out on some info... but).

It looks like Kathy Thornton was adopted according to her Wiki page, she is the biological daughter of Elizabeth Cordell and William Cordell who are both deceased, but was adopted by another couple who are not named. Her adoptive mother is also deceased. Her JSC page does not say anything about adoptive parents, but that probably doesn't say much. That page also fails to mention her three daughters.

Also, Sunita Williams is looking into adopting a daughter of her own soon from the looks of it. Here's the story I found discussing it. I hope everything works out for her! I'd love for this to happen.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 07-04-2012 08:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Not adopted, but Mark Lee's mother was. Fascinating story.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 07-04-2012 08:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by englau:
Her JSC page does not say anything about adoptive parents, but that probably doesn't say much. That page also fails to mention her three daughters.

I believe astronauts can say what goes on their JSC page. Bluford's, for example, was updated in Feb. 2012, yet he left NASA in 1993.

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