Influential Women in Space in the U.S. Created by: Salinya Stulo-Rodriguez

Although this is on women in the United States, Soviet Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova was the first woman launched into space on the Vostok 6 mission on June 16, 1963 and paved the way for all other women in space history.

Sally Ride was the third woman overall to be in space, but the first woman in the U.S. She was launched in space in 1983, 20 years since Tereshova. She was also the youngest woman so far at age 32.

Mae Carol Jemison was the first African American in space in the Space Shuttle Endeavor on September 12, 1992.

The first U.S. loss in space was Judith Resnik who died in the disaster Challenger in 1986.

Christa McAuliffe also passed away while on the Challenger along with Resnik in 1986.

Kathryn D. Sullivan was the first woman to participate in the spacewalk in 1984.

Anna Lee Fisher was the first woman to be a mother and enter space.

Ellen Ochoa was the first Hispanic woman to enter space in 1991.

Eileen Collins was the first female shuttle pilot and shuttle commander of Space Shuttle.

Kathleen Rubins is the last woman to enter space, at least for now. She is the 60th woman to enter space and was the one who sequenced DNA in space.

Jeanette Epps will be embarking on a journey in 2018. This will make her the first African American woman to board the International Space Station.

Family Relationships: Many women were mothers before going into orbit and were able to communicate to their loved ones by 2010 using email and Internet phones.
While in space most astronauts feel the emotions of isolation and separation from others even at the beginning of space only 380,000 feet in the air.
NASA had some hesitation toward women entering in space.

Hesitation included the unknown physicalogical changes and how the menstrual cycle would be affected in space. All of the above was deemed not affected and after research it was found that women face the same physical effects of men in space.

Influential women in space and the unexpected brains behind the scenes.
Overall, women are becoming more active in the Space environment because of the strong whiled, equal minded and goal getting attitudes.
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Photo by NASA 19 December 2006

Photo of Valentina Tereshkova 1963 Soviet Union

Ride on the Middeck NASA Great Images in NASA Description

Dr. Mae C. Jamison NASA Great Images in NASA Description

Judith Resnik NASA

Christa McAuliffe in Training NASA on the Commons

Kathy Sullivan dons her suit NASA Great Images in NASA Description

Anna Fisher SDASM Archives January 11, 2013

Ellen Ochoa NASA

Collins in Zvezda NASA

Kathleen Rubins NASA Johnson August 4, 2015

Jeanette J. Epps NASA/JSC/Robert Markowitz

Tracy Caldwell Dyson viewing Earth from the ISS Cupola, 2010 NASA direct link

NASA PhoneSat Steve Jurvetson NASA Ames Research Center 2011

The at sign, required character of the e-mail address Wikimedia Commons

Space found on Pixabay

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NASA AS-11-40-5875 NASA / Neil A. Armstrong Apollo 11 Image Library

Astronaut Mike Hopkins on Dec. 24 Spacewalk NASA

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SpaceTourists (2009) Documentary by Christian Frei, Switzerland Christian Frei Switzerland SpaceTourists (2009) CC 2.0

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