It's in our evolutionary creed that we have a manifest destiny to go into space and to find new worlds to live in. Star Trek allowed us to imagine what could be, if we dared to boldly go where no one had gone before. The space station is helping us make it a reality.
#TBT to July 23, 1999, when #NASA launched STS-93 and Eileen Collins became the first female space shuttle commander. The mission was responsible for deploying the Chandra X-ray Observatory, a telescope whose mission was planned to last five years but is still ongoing today. :-) Collins, a veteran of four space flights, logged over 872 hours in space and was also the first female pilot of a space shuttle on STS-63. Learn more at: www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/collins.html #WomenInSTEM
Flying high: Astronaut Nicole Mann trains in NASA's WB-57, an aircraft that is designed to fly at altitudes greater than 60,000 ft. The experience gives astronauts a chance to train in full-pressure suits and operate in high-altitude environments, similar to how they will need to operate in space.