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Colonel Eileen Collins - On July 30th 1999, 30 years and two days after the first successful moonwalk, Irish American Colonel Eileen Marie Collins became the first woman to command a U.S. spacecraft.
Irish Women : Anna "Annie" Moore (April 24 1874) was the first immigrant to America to pass through the Ellis Island facility in New York. Moore with her brothers arrived from Cork. Moore is honoured by bronze statues at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum and in Cobh, the Irish seaport from which she sailed. The Irish American Cultural Institute presents an annual Annie Moore Award "to an individual who has made significant contributions to the Irish and/or Irish American community and legacy."