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Space Boffins episode

Tue, 9th Jun 2015

How to Fly a Space Shuttle

Astronaut Eileen Collins (c) NASA

In a Space Boffins special - Sue Nelson meets the first female Space Shuttle Commander, Eileen Collins. The retired astronaut - one of NASA’s most experienced - reveals the challenges of flying the Shuttle, the flaws in its design and what happened in the aftermath of the Columbia disaster. They also talk about the way female astronauts are treated by the media and the next generation of spacecraft.

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