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Through the Glass Ceiling to the Stars

The Story of the First American Woman to Command a Space Mission

Eileen Collins was an aviation pioneer her entire career, from her early years as one of the Air Force’s first female pilots to her crowning achievements as the first woman to command an American space mission and the first woman to pilot the space shuttle. She was in the first class of women to earn pilot’s wings at Vance Air Force Base and was their first female instructor pilot. She was only the second woman admitted to the Air Force’s elite Test Pilot Program at Edwards Air Force Base. NASA had such confidence in her skills as a leader and pilot that she was entrusted to command the first shuttle mission after the Columbia disaster, returning the US to spaceflight after a two-year hiatus.

This is a story not only of achievement and overcoming obstacles but of profound personal transformation. The shy, quiet child of an alcoholic father and struggling single mother, who grew up in modest circumstances and was an unremarkable student, she had few prospects when she graduated from high school, but she changed her life to pursue her secret dream of becoming an astronaut. She shares her leadership and life lessons throughout the book with the aim of inspiring and passing on her legacy to a new generation.

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Product Details

Recommended Age Adults
Author Col. Eileen M. Collins, Jonathan H. Ward
ISBN 1950994058
Publication Date Oct 19, 2021
Publisher Arcade
Language English