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Female Astronauts

Denied, Deferred, Demented

Jan Millsapps, Ph.D. | Posted 04.16.2014 | Science
Jan Millsapps, Ph.D.

The 472 women, including me, who have advanced to what Mars One calls Round Two have a reasonable expectation of being among the first to colonize Mars. It's even conceivable that I could be the one to take the sure-to-become-iconic first footstep onto the surface of the red planet.

"Aviatrix" Is My New Word

Dr. Mae Jemison | Posted 03.13.2014 | Women
Dr. Mae Jemison

The word bothered me greatly years ago, as aviatrix, a feminization of aviator, seemed to make their accomplishments parenthetical. But I think of it differently these days as I understand the women of that era were different than the men -- they had to be "more."

Amelia Earhart: Breaking Barriers of Earth and Sky

Charles F. Bolden, Jr. | Posted 03.13.2014 | Science
Charles F. Bolden, Jr.

At a time when women and minorities were rarely seen in the cockpit of an airplane, Amelia Earhart's pioneering achievements broke the silence barrier, inspired a nation and paved the way for so many others who have followed in her path.

Gender Discrimination At NASA?

Space.com | Miriam Kramer | Posted 09.01.2013 | Science

Female astronauts have fewer opportunities to fly in space than men partially because of strict lifetime radiation exposure restrictions, astronauts...

PHOTO: How NASA Responded To One Woman In 1962

Posted 07.10.2013 | Women

NASA made headlines recently for an amazing letter they sent to a 7-year-old boy, but their correspondence hasn't always been so encouraging. This...

PHOTOS: Celebrating 50 Years Of Women In Space

Space.com | Miriam Kramer | Posted 06.17.2013 | Science

The history of women in space is about to turn 50 years old. Sunday (June 16) marks the 50th anniversary of Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova's l...

PHOTOS: All 56 Women Who've Been In Space

Posted 07.25.2012 | Science

Sally Ride, who died of pancreatic cancer Monday at the age of 61, was the first American woman to fly into space. But she was far from the last. In t...

Godspeed, Sally Ride

Margaret Lazarus Dean | Posted 09.23.2012 | Science
Margaret Lazarus Dean

Sally Ride helped to change what the word "astronaut" could mean, and generations of girls have grown up with different ideas about what they could be because of her example.

INFOGRAPHIC: Women Astronauts Are Pretty Cool

LiveScience | Posted 04.25.2012 | Women

China is preparing to launch astronauts to a prototype space station for the first time, and the crew may include the first female Chinese astronaut, ...