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Eileen Collins
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    (November 19, 1956- )
    Former Air Force Colonel
    First female pilot of a space shuttle
    First female commander of a space shuttle
    Pilot of STS-63 (February 3, 1995-February 11, 1995)
    Pilot of STS-84 (May 15, 1997-May 24, 1997)
    Commanded STS-93 (July 23, 1999-July 27, 1999)
    Commanded STS-114 (July 26, 2005-August 9, 2005)
    Retired from NASA (May 1, 2006)
    She flew a space mission while she was pregnant.
    Because of her, all female astronauts have to give a pregnancy test before flying in space.
    Her final mission STS-114 was disrupted by several errors, including the damaging of shuttle heat shields.
    She was a math teacher.
    She served her country in the Air force during the U.S invasion of Grenada.
    She holds a master of science degree in operations research from Stanford University and master of arts degree in space systems management from Webster University.
    She retired from NASA so she can spend time with her family.
    She commanded NASA's first shuttle flight after the Columbia disaster.
    NASA administrator Michael Griffin described her as 'a living example of the best our nation has to offer.'

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