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As Air Force Space Command approaches its 30th Anniversary on 1 Sep, here is a significant milestone from the command's history... On 13 January 1993, then USAF Major Susan Helms, a member of the Space Shuttle Endeavor crew, became the first US military woman in space. Now a Lieutenant General commanding 14th Air Force, Helms logged a total of 5,064 hours in space, including a spacewalk of 8 hours and 56 minutes in 2001 (a world record for longest spacewalk duration). She flew on four space shuttle missions and spent 163 days onboard the International Space Station during her 12 years as an astronaut. Available in High Definition.


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This work, Air Force Space Command Milestone: Susan Helms, by SSgt Joshua Arends, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:08.30.2012

Date Posted:08.30.2012 6:45PM

Category:Package

Video ID:153410

VIRIN:120830-F-TU389-080

Filename:DOD_100478620

Length:00:01:00

Location:PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, CO, USGlobe

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