In space, Dr. Rhea Seddon, 37, is a star (it was Rhea who controlled the shuttle Discovery's robot arm in the attempt to reactivate the dead LEASAT satellite). But back on earth, she only had arms for her son, Paul, 2, who greeted her with a huge hug when she returned to Houston. "He's not terribly impressed," admits Rhea, who's married to fellow astronaut Robert "Hoot" Gibson. "I guess he thinks that all Mommies and Daddies travel through space. He just wanted me to come home and help him get over the chicken pox."
While King Hussein maneuvers through the political minefield of the Middle East, Jordan's Queen Noor holds down the fort—or the palace, to be exact—with the issue of their seven-year-old marriage: Princess Iman, 2, Prince Hamzah, 5, and Prince Hashem, 4. The American-born, Princeton-educated Noor (whose father, businessman Najeeb Halaby, is reportedly a behind-the-scenes string puller for Jordanian-Israeli peace talks) prefers to shield her offspring from affairs of state. Declares the Queen, 33, "One should not frighten young children."
The latest in doubleheaders
At Comiskey Park in Chicago, die-hard White Sox fan Donald Pustek seemed to have it made, sucking down two brewskis at once while keeping his hands free for clapping. Pustak bought the contraption outside the park for $12. It worked fine, he says, but there was one problem: "A lot of people asked me to demonstrate it, and by the end of the game I was pretty well oiled."