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NASA Astronaut, Navy Test Pilot, Author, Mom

Susan Kilrain


"You can be anything you want to be."

Astronaut Susan is a motivational speaker, author, board member, and venture capital partner. 

She is a veteran of two space shuttle flights and 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, while her second mission lasted 16 days. 

Susan is a graduate of the Naval Test Pilot School, and she has flown over 30 different types of aircraft for more than 3,000 flight hours. Most of her flight time was in the F-14 Tomcat, EA-6A Electric Intruder, and TA-4J Skyhawk.

Susan is from Augusta, GA and holds a master’s degree in aerospace engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is married to retired Vice Admiral Colin Kilrain, who was a Navy SEAL

for 39 years. They have 4 children and reside in Virginia Beach, VA.



 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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