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A woman pilots a space shuttle

STS-63 Discovery was also the first flight of the Russian-American space program.

STS-63 Discovery (February 3-11, 1995) was not only the first flight of the new joint Russian-American Space Program.

Also on this mission, Eileen M. Collins was the first woman to pilot a space shuttle. In addition, it marked the first EVA (an extra-vehicular activity or spacewalk) for a Black US astronaut, Bernard A. Harris, Jr., and a dual citizen, UK-born astronaut, Michael Foale.

Mission highlights included the rendezvous with the Russian Space Station Mir, operation of Spacehab, the deployment and retrieval of an astronomy satellite, and a space walk.

Four years later, Collins became the first female shuttle commander (on the STS-93 Columbia, July 23-27, 1999).

Six years later (July 2005) she commanded the first space shuttle after the Columbia disaster in 2003.

#scitech, #space, #black history month, (014/365)
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By Kathy E. Gill

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