She was a crew member of five Space Shuttle missions and was the first female resident of the International Space Station. She also conducted the current longest spacewalk in history at 8 hours and 56 minutes and was inducted into the US Astronaut Hall of Fame on May 7, 2011.
Helms graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1980. Selected by NASA in January 1990, Helms became an astronaut in July 1991. A veteran of five spaceflights, Helms has logged 5,064 hours in space, including a spacewalk of 8 hours and 56 minutes (world record). After a 12-year NASA career that included 211 days in space, Helms returned to the U.S. Air Force in July 2002.