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Space pioneer speaking at ECU

The first woman to pilot and command a space shuttle is scheduled to visit East Carolina University on Tuesday and speak at 7 p.m. in Wright Auditorium as part of the Voyages of Discovery Space Exploration lecture series.
Col. Eileen Collins piloted the STS-63 Discovery in 1995 and, in 1999, commanded the STS-93 Columbia. In July 2005, following the 2003 Columbia disaster, she commanded her last flight on the STS-114 Discovery as part of a "Return to Flight" mission.

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Eileen Marie Collins (b. November 19, 1956 in Elmira, New York) is a retired American astronaut and a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel.
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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.

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