Monday, May 01, 2006

A Great One Goes Away: Eileen Collins Bids NASA Adieu

CNN has been reporting, astronaut, pilot, scientist and adventurer, Eileen Collins, 49, announced today she was resigning her position with NASA in order to spend more time with her family.

She can be commended for her loyalty to her family as she was loyal to this country, through its space program by being the first woman to pilot a shuttle, first pilot to link with Mir, first female commander in the 1999 Columbia mission to launch the Chandra X-Ray Telescope and for being(according to STS-93 Mission Specialist Michel Tognini and others) a pretty nice person to hang around with.

Eileen Collins, we salute you! But, at least now there's room for the next record-breaking female astronaut...(Damaris, I'm looking at you...)

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