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Weather delays shuttle return by a day

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Aug. 8 (UPI) -- NASA delayed the Shuttle Discovery's return to Earth for one day Monday because of unstable weather conditions in Florida. Commander Eileen Collins was given the scrub order from mission controllers at 5:00 a.m. ET, about 90 minutes before the shuttle was

Shuttle crew prepares for landing

HOUSTON, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Astronauts on the space shuttle Discovery are preparing for a pre-dawn landing at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Astronauts use robotic arm for inspection

HOUSTON, July 29 (UPI) -- The space shuttle's commander said Friday she didn't think the orbiter sustained damage when foam fell off the fuel tank during the Florida launch.

The Almanac

Today is Saturday, July 23, the 204th day of 2005 with 161 to follow.
By United Press International

Astronauts try to reassure their families

CAPE KENNEDY, Fla., July 11 (UPI) -- Safety for Wednesday's space shuttle launch is especially important to the four parents among the first crew to go into space since the Columbia tragedy.

July 13 set for Discovery space launch

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., July 1 (UPI) -- NASA has set July 13 as the Discovery shuttle launch date, the first U.S. space flight since the 2003 Columbia disaster.

The Almanac

Today is Friday, Nov. 19, the 324th day of 2004 with 42 to follow.
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The Almanac

Today is Friday, July 23, the 205th day of 2004 with 161 to follow.
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Watercooler Stories

Russian businessmen are being offered a code of moral principles -- modeled after the Ten Commandments -- by the Global All-Russian Orthodox Council.
ALEX CUKAN, United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Wednesday, Nov. 19, the 323rd day of 2003 with 42 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Wednesday, July 23, the 204th day of 2003 with 161 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Tuesday, Nov. 19, the 323rd day of 2002 with 42 to follow.
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A Blast from the Past

Today is July 23.
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The Almanac

Today is Tuesday, July 23, the 204th day of 2002 with 161 to follow.
By United Press International

A Blast from the Past

Today is July 22.
By United Press International
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Eileen Collins
KSC99072302 - 23 JULY 1999 - CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA, USA: Space Shuttle Columbia commander Eileen Collins suits up before launch, July 22. Columbia later made a successful liftoff from Launch Pad 39-B on mission STS-93. Liftoff occurred at 12:31 a.m. EDT, July 23. STS-93 is a five-day mission primarily to release the Chandra X-ray Observatory, which will allow scientists from around the world to study some of the most distant, powerful and dynamic objects in the universe. The crew numbers five: Commander Eileen M. Collins, Pilot Jeffrey S. Ashby, and Mission Specialists Stephen A. Hawley (Ph.D.), Catherine G. Coleman (Ph.D.) and Michel Tognini of France, with the Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES). Collins is the first woman to serve as commander of a Shuttle mission. The target landing date is July 27, 1999, at 11:20 p.m. EDT. iw/NASA UPI.
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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. A former military instructor and test pilot, Collins was the first female pilot and first female commander of a Space Shuttle. She was awarded several medals for her work. Col. Collins has logged 38 days 8 hours and 10 minutes in outer space. Collins retired on May 1, 2006 to pursue private interests, including service as a board member of USAA.

She is married with two children.

Collins first flew the Space Shuttle as pilot in 1995 aboard STS-63, which involved a rendezvous between Discovery and the Russian space station Mir. In recognition of her achievement as the first female Shuttle Pilot, she received the Harmon Trophy. She was also the pilot for STS-84 in 1997.

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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Eileen Collins."
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