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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"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.”

- Mae Jemison, "What Was Space Like?"

Jemison and Nichelle Nichols on the set of Star Trek

Also, "Pus is one of the neatest things ever."

(via astropheminism)


The First Lady Astronaut Trainees / Mercury 13

"The men go off and fight the wars and fly the airplanes and come back and help design and build and test them. The fact that women are not in this field is a fact of our social order."

- John Glenn of the Mercury 7, testifying before a House subcommittee in 1962

"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.”

The Lovelace Woman in Space Program (1960-1962)

(via spaceandstuffidk)

Dava Newman nominated for NASA Deputy Administrator

According to SpaceNews, Obama nominated Dava Newman for the position of Deputy Administrator at NASA. The position was held by Lori Garver from 2009 to 2013 and has since been vacant.

Dava Newman is a professor at MIT and director of the MIT Portugal Program. She is most well known for her work on a formfitting spacesuit, pictured above.

Read Dava Newman’s MIT bio here

[Image: Dava Newman in the form fitting Biosuit.]


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.

We’ll be celebrating women in science all week here with retrospective posts.

(via gender-and-science)


I’m at the JPL NASA Social for comet 67P and comet Siding Spring! Follow my updates on Twitter @AstroChristine!



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

Another awesome Girl Hero!

(via scientific-women)


October 11, 1984 — Astronaut Kathryn Sullivan, the first American woman to perform a spacewalk, checks the latch of the SIR-B antenna in the open cargo bay of the Space Shuttle Challenger. (NASA)


Someone asks “what’s with chicks and science?” … then Neil Degrasse Tyson tells it like it is.

Never not reblog.

And look at Ann Druyan agreeing with him.

This was asked after a panel of the center for inquiry, which can be seen completely here.

(via science-and-things)


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



"Failure is not an option"

Alyssa Carson, 13, is determined to be the first person to land on Mars.

This is more than wishful thinking - Nasa thinks she has a chance and she’s already in training.

This little girl is my hero