Eileen Marie Collins is a retired NASA astronaut and United States Air Force (USAF) colonel. She was the first woman to pilot the Space Shuttle and the first to command a Space Shuttle mission. Collins graduated from Corning Community College and Syracuse University and was commissioned as an officer in the USAF through Syracuse's Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program. She was selected to be a pilot astronaut with NASA Astronaut Group 13 in 1990 and flew multiple Space Shuttle missions. Collins retired from the USAF in January 2005 and from NASA in May 2006.Read Biography of Eileen Collins
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