Top Ten Shuttle Memories
Highlights from America's longest-lived space program.
- By Tony Reichhardt
- AirSpaceMag.com, July 08, 2011
First Female Shuttle Commander
Sixteen years after Sally Ride’s pioneering STS-7 flight, former Air Force test pilot Eileen Collins became the first woman to command a space shuttle mission, on STS-93 in July 1999. Only one other woman beside Collins (shown with her daughter after the landing) became a shuttle commander—Pam Melroy. But the shuttle era ended with a woman, Peggy Whitson, as NASA’s chief astronaut.