Previously published in Examiner
Part 30 of the female astronaut series
Women have penetrated almost every field and some women made the lists of firsts long before the USA. This series will concentrate on female astronauts. The astronauts are Russian, American, British, French, Japanese, South Korean and Canadian. Julie Payette is our home-grown Montreal born astronaut.
Eileen Marie Collins – astronaut and Air Force Colonel
In 1978, she graduated with a BS from Syracuse University followed by a master of science degree in Operations Research in 1986 from Stanford University. She also obtained a master of arts degree in space systems management from Webster University in 1989.
Collins was the first female commander and first female pilot of a spacecraft in 1995. Collins retired from NASA in 2006 to spend time with her family. An issue that all women have to face. Sometimes some jobs are just too demanding and women have to take off time to see their children grow up.
Eileen Marie Collins has many honors and awards among which was her induction to the National Women’s Hall of Fame.