1995 – The first woman to pilot the Space Shuttle
Eileen Marie Collins (born November 19, 1956) is a retired NASA astronaut and United States Air Force colonel.
Collins was selected to be an astronaut in 1990 and first flew the Space Shuttle as pilot on February 3, 1995 aboard STS-63, which involved a rendezvous between Discovery and the Russian space station Mir.
A former military instructor and test pilot, Collins was the first female pilot and first female commander of a Space Shuttle.
Colonel Collins has logged 38 days 8 hours and 20 minutes in outer space and was awarded several medals for her work..
Extra Note: Collins retired on May 1, 2006, to pursue private interests.
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