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Eileen Collins


In 1995, Eileen Collins became the first woman to pilot a space shuttle, the Discovery. That was NASA's first mission to the Russian space station Mir. In 1999, Collins took the helm of the Columbia, becoming the first female space shuttle commander. Collins retired from the air force in 2005, having spent over 872 hours in space – that's more than 36 days.

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