Born in Elmira, New York, Eileen Collins became an astronaut in 1991, after being selected for the astronaut program while attending the Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards AFB, California. Fifteen years ago, On February 3, 1995 she claimed a unique place in the space history by becoming the first woman to pilot a space shuttle — Discovery. And in 1999 Collins went on to become the first female commander of a space shuttle mission, STS-93. During her time at NASA, Collins logged over 6,751 hours in 30 different types of aircraft. She retired from NASA in May 2006.
Eileen Collins: Space Pioneer
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