The New Mexico Museum of Space History is pleased to announce publication of the tenth in a series of papers by the museum's Curation Department, Curation Paper Number Ten. This issue features the oral history of Colonel Eileen Collins (USAF, Ret.). A veteran astronaut, Collins was the first woman to command a space shuttle mission, STS 93 Columbia.
Upon being named the first female shuttle commander, Collins said, "When I was a child, I dreamed about space – I admired pilots, astronauts, and I've admired explorers of all kinds. It was only a dream that I would someday be one of them. It is my hope that all children "boys and girls" will see this mission and be inspired to reach for their dreams, because dreams really do come true!" Collins was inducted into the International Space Hall of Fame in 2001.
Curation Paper Number 10, edited by Assistant Curator Jim Mayberry, also contains the NASA biographical sheet for Colonel Collins. Curation Paper Number Ten and all earlier Curation Papers can be downloaded
from the museum's website.