Through the Glass Ceiling to the Stars (häftad)
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Through the Glass Ceiling to the Stars

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

Häftad,  Engelska, 2023-05-11
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Now in paperback, the life story of a world-famous astronaut who was a trailblazer for women and is a role model today. Eileen Collins was an aviation pioneer her entire career, from her crowning achievements as the first woman to command an American space mission as well as the first to pilot the space shuttle to her early years as one of the Air Forces first female pilots. She was in the first class of women to earn pilots wings at Vance Air Force Base and was their first female instructor pilot. She was only the second woman pilot admitted to the Air Forces 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. Since retiring from the Air Force and NASA, she has served on numerous corporate boards and is an inspirational speaker about space exploration and leadership. Eileen Collins is among the most recognized and admired women in the world, yet this is the first time she has told her story in a book. It 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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"One of the essential astronaut autobiographies."National Space Society "Well worth waiting for . . . She became famous for breaking the glass ceilings of the books title by being the first woman to be a shuttle pilot and a commander, but her accounts of the missions themselves are fascinating as well."Space Review Given the chance, I would long ponder trading places with Eileen Collins. Her book with Jonathan Ward is a grand collection of simple, yet sensational moments she experiencedin Outer Space!and in much that led to her getting there. What a read!"Tom Hanks I wrote the song Beyond the Sky and sang it at Cape Canaveral for Eileen Collinss maiden command voyage: Once there was a girl with a dream in her heart, wild as the wind was her hope. This woman with the dream has turned into a serious heroine of the centuries who has taken her place among other men and women in the startling adventure of circling the Earth and leaving it behind. You will love her book: it is exciting, personal, detailed, a good thriller, suspenseful as a Stephen King mystery, and full of hopethat rare quality we all search for. Yeehaw, Commander Collins! What a life you have led and what a tale you have told! Brava!Judy Collins, singer, songwriter, author "Eileen Collins is a living legend and an inspiration to young people all over the world. We both began our journeys in Elmira, NY, with dreams of doing something extraordinary. Nurturing a dream is rarely ever easy, and Eileen certainly didnt have a clear path to pursuing hers. Despite being met with challenges at every step, she was tenacious in chasing her ambition of becoming an astronautone who would go on to make history as the first female pilot and commander of an American space shuttle. When you come across a story of such determination, it is a reminder that once you set your mind to something, even the sky is not the limit.Tommy Hilfiger I hope that a young explorer who reads Eileens book will be inspired to become the first human on Mars. Eileen proves that there is no limit to what we can do if we stay true to our goals and keep moving forward.Buzz Aldrin Eileen is living proof to youngsters and young ladies that you can do anything you want to do with your life.Wally Funk, Mercury 13 pilot Eileen Collins and I trained for the shuttle together, flew jets together, and waited together for that first chance to rocket into space. In Through the Glass Ceiling, Eileen tells the inspiring story of how she rose through hard work and determination to become a rare exemplar of the right stuff, leading her crews to success in orbit and commanding the first shuttle launch after the Columbia disaster. Read, be amazed, then get this book into the hands of young explorers.Thomas D. Jones, astronaut and author of Skywalking Reading Eileens story will not only help you get to know this extraordinary woman (mother, wife, survivor, USAF colonel, mathematician, professor, astronaut), but I bet it will help you think about facing lifes challenges with a greater sense of strength and determination. She is an inspiration.Gwynne Shotwell, president and COO, SpaceX This book is endlessly inspiring!Eileen Collins is a trailblazer not only of space but of life. Her story of overcoming adversity to achieve her dream of flying in space will make your spirit soar.Andrew Chaikin, author of A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts In the dark days in the aftermath of the Columbia tragedy, we looked no further than Eileen Collins to lead us down the long road with the Return to Flight crew to help NASA and the nation believe in ourselves again and resume the human quest to explore. This new book, with the help of master storyteller Jonathan Ward, captures Eileens thoughtful reflections and compelling story, which serves

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Eileen M. Collins, USAF (Retired), retired from the Air Force in 2005 and from NASA in 2006, having logged more than 6,751 hours in thirty different types of aircraft and spent 872 hours in space. She is the recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross and NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal and was inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame, among many other honors. Since retiring, she has traveled the world as a motivational speaker. Col. Collins has served as an advisor to the National Space Council and a board member of the Astronauts Memorial Foundation. She is married, with two children, and lives in San Antonio, Texas. Jonathan H. Ward works to bring the thrill of the space program to life for the general public as a Solar System Ambassador for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and as a cruise ship resident astronomer and enrichment lecturer. A fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, he is the coauthor with Michael D. Leinbach of Bringing Columbia Home and author of two previous books on space exploration. He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina.