Susan Helms International Space Station

March 12, 2012 by staff 

Susan Helms International Space Station, Susan Jane Helms (born February 26, 1958) is a Lieutenant General in the United States Air Force and a former NASA astronaut. She is currently the Commander, 14th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic); and Commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Space at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

Helms was a crew member on five Space Shuttle missions and was a resident of the International Space Station (ISS) for over five months in 2001. While participating in ISS Expedition 2, she and Jim Voss conducted an 8 hour and 56 minute spacewalk, the longest to date.

Helms was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, but considers Portland, Oregon, to be her hometown. She enjoys piano and other musical activities, jogging, traveling, reading, computers, and cooking. Her parents, Lt. Col. (Ret., USAF) Pat and Dori Helms, reside in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She has three sisters.

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