Astronomy and Space


What are some of the accomplishments of female astronauts?

  • First American woman in space: Sally K. Ride—June 18, 1983, aboard Challenger STS–7.
  • First American woman to walk in space: Kathryn D. Sullivan—October 11, 1984, aboard Challenger STS 41G.
  • First woman to make three spaceflights: Shannon W. Lucid—June 17, 1985; October 18, 1989; and August 2, 1991.
  • First African American woman in space: Mae Carol Jemison—September 12, 1992, aboard Endeavour.
  • First American woman space shuttle pilot: Eileen M. Collins—February 3, 1995, aboard Discovery.


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