"The first thing I saw from space was Chicago, my hometown. I was working on the middeck where there aren’t many windows, and as we passed over Chicago the commander called me up to the flight deck.
It was such a significant moment because since I was a little girl I had always assumed I would go into space. When I grew up, in the 1960’s, the only American astronauts were men. Looking out the window of that space shuttle, I thought if that little girl growing up in Chicago could see her older self now, she would have a huge grin on her face.”
"The women underwent the identical tests that the male candidates had undergone. In the end, 68% of the women passed with ‘no medical reservations’ compared to 56% of the men. The 13 females who passed were known as the Mercury 13. They were Bernice ‘Bea’ Steadman, Janey Hart, Geraldine ‘Jerri’ Sloan Truhill, Rhea Allison Woltman, Sarah Lee Gorelick Ratley, Jan Dietrich, Marion Dietrich, Myrtle Cagle, Irene Leverton, Gene Nora Jessen, Jean Hixson, Wally Funk and Geraldyn ‘Jerrie’ Cobb…
Cobb had tested in the top 2% of all tested candidates, male and female.”
Ada Lovelace Day is just around the corner! Don’t miss PBS’ timely “Makers: Women in Space" special this Tuesday at 9pm (PST), or online the following afternoon. Narrated by Jodie Foster, the documentary features interviews with female astronauts, aviators, and engineers who have paved the way for women in STEM.
13-year-old Alyssa Carson is determined to be the first person to land on Mars — and NASA thinks she stands a chance. Paul Foreman, from NASA says, “she is of perfect age to one day become an astronaut, to eventually travel to Mars. She is doing the right things, taking the right training, taking all of the right steps to actually become an astronaut.”
Alyssa studies science, several languages and is the first person to attend all three of Nasa’s world space camps. Learn more about Alyssa’s mission via BBC.
Supporting from home : What started with a simple tweet last spring has become an epic adventure for a pack of #SpaceTweeps that starts today and runs through Monday 10/13. I’m so excited for everyone who made it down for the Adult Space Camp program this weekend and so proud of everyone who made it come together. You guys rock!! And everyone else: follow the fun on twitter and Instagram with the tag #STSC2