University of Missouri
MS ’76, PhD ’80 Physics
Godwin joined NASA in 1980 and served as a flight controller and payloads officer in Mission Control for several shuttle flights prior to being selected as an astronaut candidate in 1985. She has been on four shuttle missions as a mission specialist and as payload commander. Godwin later served as assistant for exploration in the Flight Crew Operations Directorate until her retirement from NASA at the end of August 2010. Her time with NASA was with the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Godwin received an A&S Distinguished Alumni Award in 1990. She returned to MU in 2011 as a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.