Jan 092013
 

JUST LOOK AT THE NUMBER OF WOMEN WHO HAVE LEFT MOTHER EARTH FOR   ADVENTURES IN SPACE!

The first woman in space was Valentina Tereshkova.  She was born in 1937 in the Soviet Union. Most astronauts have a science background, but Valentina did not even have a college education.  She was a textile factory worker.  She did, however, have a passion that brought her fame – she was a very skilled amateur parachutist.  The Soviet space programme considered Valentina’s parachutist skills important.  She was chosen out of four hundred applicants to be the first female in space.  In order to join the Cosmonaut Corps, she was  honorarily inducted into the Soviet Air Force.  Technically, she was a civilian when she entered space.  The date of this incredible achievement was on June 16, 1963.

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Sally Ride followed Valentina’s achievement as the third woman in space and its FIRST LESBIAN. The second photo, below,  is of Sally commanding the space shuttle.

 

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Sally Kristen Ride (May 26, 1951-July 23, 2012) was an American physicist and astronaut. At the age of 32, she was the first American woman to enter into low earth orbit in 1983. She preferred to keep her personal life private and, only after her death, the media reported that she and her partner, Tam O’Shaughnessy, had been in a relationship for 27 years.

 

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Left: Eileen Collins                                            Right:  Pam Melroy

Eileen Collins:   First female commander of  the Space Shuttle Discovery,        May 1997

Eileen Collins was born in 1956 in Elmira, NY. She has masters degrees in Operations Research and Space Systems Management, and is a retired colonel in the U.S . Air Force.

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Collins weightless in space.

Pam Melroy:  First female Commander of the International Space Station, 2007

Pam Melr0y was born in 1961 in Rochester, N.Y.  Like Collins, she is a retired colonel in the U.S Air Force.

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Here, Pam is seen floating in the Unity node of the International Space Station while the Space Shuttle Discovery docked. Ten years after Collins, Pam then became the second female commander of either a space shuttle or space station.

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AMELIA, LOOK WHAT WOMEN HAVE DONE!   YOU SET THE STANDARD FOR SO MANY WOMEN TO DREAM!  THANK YOU.

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