Women in Space!

Only 10% of astronauts are female, and in space engineering that number seems even worse. This blog is dedicated to put the Women in Space in the spotlight to educate and inspire a new generation.

Previously known as F Yeah! Female Astronauts.
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Fatima Dyczynski passed away in MH17 bombing

Fatima Dyczynski was the founder of Xoterra Space and a fellow student of mine at the space systems engineering departement of Delft University of Technology. I did not know Fatima personally, but it was clear to all she was an ambitious woman with a bright future ahead. Her mission was to make a difference and make space personal.

Fatima was flying to Perth to meet her parents and take on a job at IBM. My thought and condolences go out to her family and friends. I wish them strength in these terrible days.

In honor of Fatima the faculty of Aerospace Engineering at the Delft University of Technology (DUT) have established a prize for Msc.  students at DUT. The prize aims to encourage space innovation and entrepreneurship.

Read more on the "Fatima Dyczynski Prize on Space Innovation and Entrepreneurship"

bretaa:

Okay I’m finally posting the photos from Johnson Space Center from last week. But we got to see historic mission control from the Apollo days and today’s mission control, we also went to the NBL and we went to building 9. In building 9 we not only got an Ariel perspective from the gallery but we got a tour on the floor of all the simulators by astronaut Nicole Stott from STS-133 and we got a Q&A as well! The group photo is with David Cisco, technician for the lunar modules who designed the separation of the LM. He is also an author of the book Full Circle which he signed a copy of. It was an honor to spend the day with he and Nicole their stories are phenomenal!

Fatima Dyczynski passed away in MH17 bombing

Fatima Dyczynski was the founder of Xoterra Space and a fellow student of mine at the space systems engineering departement of Delft University of Technology. I did not know Fatima personally, but it was clear to all she was an ambitious woman with a bright future ahead. Her mission was to make a difference and make space personal.

Fatima was flying to Perth to meet her parents and take on a job at IBM. My thought and condolences go out to her family and friends. I wish them strength in these terrible days.

spacewatching:

China - Successful Rendezvous Tiangong 1 Shenzhou 9

Tampons were packed with their strings connecting them, like a strip of sausages, so they wouldn’t float away. Engineers asked Ride, “Is 100 the right number?” She would be in space for a week. “That would not be the right number,” she told them. At every turn, her difference was made clear to her. When it was announced Ride had been named to a space flight mission, her shuttle commander, Bob Crippen, who became a lifelong friend and colleague, introduced her as “undoubtedly the prettiest member of the crew.” At another press event, a reporter asked Ride how she would react to a problem on the shuttle: “Do you weep?”

Astronaut Sally Ride and the Burden of Being “The First” (via yahighway)

Men don’t appreciate the amount of self-control women have to exercise in order not to spend their entire lives facepalming.

(via vulvanity)

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humanoidhistory:

Happy birthday to Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space. She was born on March 6, 1937 in the village of Boyshoye Maslennikovo in central Russia. In June 1963, she lifted off aboard the Vostok 6 mission and she orbited the Earth 48 times, spending almost three days in space. Fun fact: In order to join the Cosmonaut Corps, Tereshkova was only honorarily inducted into the Soviet Air Force, making her the first civilian to fly in space. Two records, one trip.

Bonus fun fact: At the age of 77, she said last year that she was ready to come out of retirement to go on a one-way trip to Mars, her favorite planet.

(Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)

(via scienceyoucanlove)

spaceexp:

NASA astronauts Don Pettit and Nicole Stott answer questions submitted via Twitter

spiritofapollo:

Testing the Mercury capsule parachute design!

I cannot seem to find the names of the people in this picture, but if you want more information on this tunnel (the 20-foot spin tunnel at Langley) Check this page.

(via from-the-earth-to-the-moon13)

spiritofapollo:

Astronaut Rhea Seddon practicing on Resusci Anne, the cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training mannequin, during a Zero G flight on the KC-135. Terry Slezak can be seen on the right with the camera.

levantineviper-archive:

Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space is depicted in this poster from 1967.

Translation: Our women - our pride!

(via humanoidhistory)