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FEATURE
Commander Collins' Flight Day 1 Signoff

07.26.05

STS-114 Commander Eileen Collins At the end of Flight Day 1, STS-114 Commander Eileen Collins delivered a message before signing off for the night.

Image to left: Collins waves while suiting up on launch day. Credit: NASA/KSC

"On the evening of our first day in space aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery," Collins said, "the STS-114 crew would like to send our thanks to the teams who've worked so hard over the past two and a half years to return the fleet to orbit. Our thanks go out to all the managers, the engineers, the technicians and everyone. Give yourselves a pat on the back. This is work well done."

Collins continued, "As our crew looks back at our beautiful planet and then outwards toward the unknown of space, we feel the importance, today more than any time, of space exploration to all those who are living on Earth. Our flight is the next flight of many in the human exploration of the universe."

"And finally," she concluded, "we reflect on the last shuttle mission, the great ship Columbia and her crew -- Rick, Willie, Mike, K.C., Dave, Laurel and Ilan. We miss them, and we are continuing their mission. God bless them tonight, and God bless their families. Good night."

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