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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Lucid: No Adjustment Complaints

WASHINGTON -- Astronaut Shannon Lucid said she is surprised at how easily her body has adapted to Earth's gravity after more than six months in weightlessness aboard the Russian space station. Regaining her Earth legs is easier than coping with her newfound celebrity.

The biochemist, 53, now the most experienced space traveler in the U.S. astronaut corps, had told her flight surgeon to have pain killers on hand for her when she landed back on Earth on Sept. 26. "I was sure my muscles would hurt, but they didn't.'' Other than a tendency to lose her balance slightly during the first day or so back on Earth, she felt fine, Lucid said Thursday.

In fact, as she appeared at her first news conference since returning almost a month ago, she had no real complaints about her extended adventure. Aboard Mir, she loved having her own private research laboratory and no boss around, she said. "The morning commute was half a second. ... I didn't have worry about doing laundry. I didn't have to worry about going to the store to get groceries,'' or pay a single bill. "So there were a lot of pluses.''

Space-agency officials have attributed much of the flight's success to Lucid's enthusiasm for her work, professionalism, realistic expectations and determination.