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Navy Test Pilot, NASA Astronaut, Mom

Susan Kilrain


"You can be anything you want to be."

Susan is a veteran of two space shuttle flights. She is one of only three women to ever pilot the shuttle. Her first mission to space was cut short due to a life-threatening systems failure. Her second mission lasted 16 days.

Susan is a graduate of the Naval Test Pilot School. She has flown over 30 different types of aircraft for more than 3000 hours. Most of her flight time was in the F-14 Tomcat, EA-6A Electric Intruder, and the TA-4J Skyhawk.

Susan Kilrain is from Augusta, GA. She holds a Masters Degree in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech. She is married to VADM Colin Kilrain, USN, of Braintree, MA. They currently live in Washington, DC and have four children.



 NASA Space Shuttle Columbia - STS-83

Mission launch date: 4 April 1997

Mission type: Microgravity research

Mission duration: 3 days, 23 hours, 13 mins, 38 sec.
(Planned for 15 days and 16 hours)

Distance travelled:  1,500,000 miles


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Defense Superior

Service Medal

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Defense Meritorious Service Medal


 NASA Space Shuttle Columbia - STS-94

Mission launch date: 1 July 1997

Mission type: Microgravity research

Mission duration: 15 days, 16 hours, 45 mins, 29 sec.

Distance travelled:  6,200,000 miles

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Navy Commendation Medal

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Navy Achievement Medal

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