The Mars Generation

Inspired by pioneers like Sally Ride and Mae Jemison, many young women are hoping to be chosen for that mission. Three of those hopefuls are Alyssa Carson, Abby Harrison, and Taylor Richardson.

Samantha Cristoforetti

Captain Samantha Cristoforetti is a fighter pilot, engineer, and holder of the record for the longest uninterrupted spaceflight of a European astronaut.

Kalpana Chawla

Born in Punjab, India, Dr. Kalpana Chawla was always interested in flying. Three years after becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen, she was among the 15th class of potential astronauts and she was the first Indian-American women to travel to space.

Sunita Williams

While serving as flight engineer aboard the ISS astronaut Sunita Williams participated in the Boston Marathon. On her second time on the station she competed a triathlon and set the record for the total cumulative spacewalk time by a female astronaut.

Kathyrn Sullivan

The first American woman to walk in space, Kathryn Sullivan is now the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans & Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator.

Shannon Lucid

On September 26, 1996 Astronaut Shannon Lucid returned to earth from her record setting fifth trip to space, and 188 days aboard the Mir space station.

Ellen Ochoa

September 15 is the start of Hispanic Heritage Month in the United State and today we would like to introduce you to Dr. Ellen Ochoa, the first Hispanic woman in the world to travel to space and the first Hispanic woman to be the director of the Johnson Space Center.

Jan Davis

Dr. Jan Davis is a Registered Professional Engineer, holds one patent, and oh yeah – she is also an astronaut.

Mae Jemison

Fifty years ago, audiences met the crew of the Starship Enterprise when Star Trek premiered. The cast inspired a generation, including physician, dancer, and astronaut Mae Jemison.

Chiaki Mukai

Dr. Chiaki Mukai was already an established cardiac surgeon when she became the first Japanese woman to go to space.

Sally Ride

On June 18th, 1983 Sally Ride became the first American woman in space when she launched on the Space Shuttle Challenger.

Valentina Tereshkova

On June 16, 1963, Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman in space.

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