Susan Still Kilrain

Susan Still Kilrain

Infobox Astronaut
name =Susan Leigh Still Kilrain"

type =NASA Astronaut
status =Retired
nationality =American
date_birth =October 24 1961
place_birth =Augusta, Georgia
occupation =Test Pilot
rank =Commander, USN
selection =1994 NASA Group
time =19d 15h 58m
mission =STS-83, STS-94
insignia =|

Susan Kilrain (b. October 24 1961, Augusta, Georgia) is a former United States Naval officer and a former NASA astronaut

Personal and educational data

She was born as Susan Leigh Still to Joseph Still, M.D. and his wife, Jean Ann Batho; she has nine siblings. Her father was a prominent burn surgeon who founded and directed the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta, Georgia.

Still graduated from the Walnut Hill School, Natick, Massachusetts, in 1979. She graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 1982 with a bachelor's degree in aeronautical engineering and received her Master of Science degree in aerospace engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1985.

Military career

After graduation, Kilrain worked as a wind tunnel project officer for Lockheed Corporation in Marietta, Georgia, and earned her graduate degree. She was commissioned in 1985 and designated a naval aviator in 1987. Kilrain was selected to be a flight instructor in the TA-4J Skyhawk, and later flew EA-6A Electric Intruders for Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 33 in Key West, Florida. After completing Test Pilot School, she reported to Fighter Squadron 101 in Virginia Beach, Virginia, for F-14 Tomcat training. Kilrain has logged over 3,000 flight hours in more than 30 different aircraft.

NASA career

Kilrain reported to the Johnson Space Center as an Astronaut Candidate in March 1995. Following a year of training, she worked technical issues for the Vehicle Systems and Operations Branch of the Astronaut Office. She also served as spacecraft communicator (CAPCOM) in mission control during launch and entry for numerous missions. A veteran of two space flights, she logged over 9000 hours in space. She flew as pilot on STS-83 (April 4 to April 8, 1997) and STS-94 (July 1 to July 17, 1997). She most recently was the Legislative Specialist for Shuttle for the Office of Legislative Affairs at NASA Headquarters, Washington D.C.. Kilrain retired from the Astronaut Office in December 2002 and from the U.S Navy in 2005. [ [ Susan L. Kilrain Biography at NASA] ] [ [ Embry-Riddle's First Astronaut to Pilot NASA's First Microgravity Science Mission] ]

pace flight experience

Kilrain's first mission, STS-83, was cut short because of problems with one of the Shuttle's three fuel cell power generation units. Mission duration was 95 hours and 12 minutes, travelling 1.5 million miles in 63 orbits of the Earth. Mission STS-94 was a re-flight of the Microgravity Science Laboratory (MSL-1) Spacelab mission, and focused on materials and combustion science research in microgravity. Mission duration was 376 hours and 45 minutes, travelling 6.3 million miles in 251 orbits of the Earth.

Awards and honors

*Distinguished Naval Graduate of Aviation Officer Candidate School
*Distinguished Graduate of the United States Naval Test Pilot School, Class 103
*Defense Superior Service Medal
*Defense Meritorious Service Medal
*Navy Commendation Medal
*Navy Achievement Medal
*NASA Space Flight Medals (2)
*National Defense Service Medal
*Ten Outstanding Young Americans Award (by the United States Junior Chamber of Commerce)
*Daughters of the American Revolution


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