Video: Air Force Space Command Milestone: Susan Helms
Video by Staff Sgt. Joshua Arends
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.