Portrait of astronaut Eileen Collins

Portrait of astronaut Eileen Collins

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This image is part of the feature Shuttle-Mir Rendezvous

Credit: NASA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Portrait of Major Eileen Collins, USAF (b.1956), the first woman to qualify as a pilot for the US Space Shuttle programme. Collins was born in Elmira, New York, and attended a local school. She has degrees in mathematics and economics, an MSc in Operational Research and an MA in Space Systems Management. Collins graduated as a US Air Force pilot in 1979, becoming an instructor and later an operational pilot on C-141 transport aircraft. She graduated as a test pilot in 1990 and was selected for astronaut training, completing the course in July 1991. Collins' first flight assignment is on Mission STS-65, due to fly in June 1994.

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Keywords: collins, eileen m., first woman, first woman plt, manned spaceflight, pilot, shuttle, shuttle astronaut, shuttle pilot, space, space shuttle

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