Astronaut Eileen M. Collins with a procedures checklist at the commander’s station on the Space Shuttle Columbia July 1999.

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She went to my high school. A long time before I did.


Looking at those instructions… I guess I can feel like a space ship commander when I need to reset my router.


I interviewed her for Military Officer magazine. Has to be one of the nicest people on the planet. She didn’t answer when I called the number JSC gave me because she was in the wrong conference room. We only had about fifteen minutes when I finally reached her, so she offered to call me back after her next interview. We ended up talking for more than an hour. Her stories were amazing.