Astronaut Eileen Collins to speak at WSU



The first woman to pilot and command an American Spacecraft will speak at WSU in March, according to a news release.

Astronaut Colonel Eileen Collins will present “Leadership Lessons from Apollo to Discovery” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 8, in the CAC Theater. She will reflect on her more than 20-year career as a test pilot, astronaut and space flight commander, the release says.

Collins was named an astronaut by NASA in 1990. She became the first female pilot on a space shuttle with the Discovery flight in 1995 and ended her career in 2005 with Discovery’s “Return to Flight.” She logged 872 hours in space.

Tickets will be available beginning at 6 p.m. at the door of the CAC Theater. Admission for WSU students with ID is free.