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Eileen Collins was the first female Space Shuttle pilot and the first commander. Before her tenure as an astronaut she was a pilot in the Air Force, where she was also a test pilot. In 1990 she was selected for the astronaut program, and in 1995 she finally made it to space when she piloted the Space Shuttle Discovery. In 2006 she left NASA, and has made several appearances on CNN as an analyst for Space Shuttle launches.