By Karen Bush Gibson
When Valentina Tereshkova blasted off aboard Vostok 6 on June sixteen, 1963, she grew to become the 1st girl to rocket into area. it'd be 19 years prior to one other lady acquired a chance—cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya in 1982—followed via American astronaut Sally journey a 12 months later. via breaking the stratospheric ceiling, those ladies cast a course for lots of woman astronauts, cosmonauts, and project experts to follow.
ladies in area profiles 23 pioneers, together with Eileen Collins, the 1st girl to command the distance trip; Peggy Whitson, who logged greater than a yr in orbit aboard the foreign house Station; and Mae Jemison, the 1st African American lady in area; in addition to astronauts from Japan, Canada, Italy, South Korea, France, and extra. Readers also will find out about the Mercury thirteen, American girls chosen by way of NASA within the overdue Nineteen Fifties to coach for spaceflight. even though they matched and occasionally handed their male opposite numbers in functionality, they have been eventually denied the chance to move out to the launching pad. Their tale, and the tales of the pilots, physicists, and medical professionals who them, exhibit the important position girls have performed within the quest for medical understanding.
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