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Women in Space. June 18, 2010. My birthday! Flight of STS-7 ( Challenger ) Dr. Sally Ride First flight of an American woman When does our story begin?. Creation of NASA, 1958 Astronaut selection process. Women in Space?. Dr. W. Randolph Lovelace and Gen. Donald Flickinger

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June 18 2010
June 18, 2010

  • My birthday!

  • Flight of STS-7 (Challenger)

    • Dr. Sally Ride

    • First flight of an American woman

  • When does our story begin?


Creation of NASA, 1958

Astronaut selection process


Women in space1
Women in Space?

Dr. W. Randolph Lovelace and Gen. Donald Flickinger

Medical testing of women


  • Geraldyn “Jerrie” Cobb

  • 25 recruited/19 tested

  • 13 passed

  • “Fellow Lady Astronaut Trainees” (FLATs)

  • House Subcommittee on Science and Astronautics


Soviet space firsts
Soviet Space “Firsts”

  • Sputnik 1, October 4, 1957

  • Sputnik 2, November 3, 1957

  • Luna 3, October 4, 1959

  • Yuri Gagarin, April 12, 1961



May 25 1961
May 25, 1961

So what changed?


The space shuttle
The Space Shuttle

  • Routine flight

  • Approved in 1972

  • Group 8 selection

  • Pipeline careers


Design issues
Design Issues

  • Living Space

  • Toilets

  • Launch and Landing



Eileen collins
Eileen Collins

  • Selected in 1990 in Group 13

  • STS-63 (Feb 3,1995)

  • STS-93 (1999)

  • STS-114 (2005)


Where do we stand
Where do we stand?

  • Commander Peggy Whitson

  • Lisa Nowak

  • STS 131 and ISS Expedition 24

  • Missions to Mars?


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