Astronaut Speaker Susan Kilrain
CDR Kilrain 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.
CDR Kilrain 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.
CDR Kilrain is formerly Susan Still of 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.
She is the recipient of the following military awards:
Defense Superior Service Medal
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Navy Commendation Medal
Navy Achievement Medal
Other awards include:
NASA Space Flight Medals
Ten Outstanding Young Americans
DAR Good Scout Award
Featured in the movie "The Big Space Shuttle."