Women are making history at NASA every day. The first American woman in space, Sally Ride, flew aboard the Space Shuttle STS-7 in June of 1983. As of March 2021, 65 women have flown in space, including cosmonauts, astronauts, payload specialists, and space station participants. Celebrate our past and look to our future as we continue to drive innovation and push the envelope. Solve Space by unscrambling this image and learn more about the many women who have contributed in so many valuable ways to space innovation!
About This Image
These six mission specialist astronaut candidates were the first women ASCANs to be named by NASA. They are, left to right, Rhea Seddon, Anna L. Fisher, Judith A. Resnik, Shannon W. Lucid, Sally K. Ride and Kathryn D. Sullivan. Along with these candidates, 14 other mission specialist candidates and 15 pilot astronaut candidates were presented during a press conference at the Johnson Space Center on Jan. 31, 1978.
Learn More About It
- Meet the women of NASA’s past and present in this gallery, and find out how you can be part of the future.
- Learn about notable firsts for women in space, and meet the most recent female astronauts.
- During the month of March, NASA celebrates and pays tribute to the many women who have played an essential role in shaping the history of the Agency.
- Watch our #WomensEqualityDay Event: The Past, Present, and Future of Women in Space
- Learn about our Women of STEM
- Follow Women at NASA on Twitter
- Read our blog: Artemis astronaut feature: Kate Rubins
- Encourage girls in STEM through amazing experiences such as Space Center Houston’s Girl Scout Campouts.
- Discover and explore our Education Programs. Space Center Houston’s Learning Innovation Center is among the nation’s leading science-education resources. The children we teach and inspire today could be among the first humans to walk on Mars.