Sunday, April 11, 2010

NASA (women) astronauts set record

When Shuttle Discovery linked with the International Space Station this week it marked the first time so many women astronauts were on orbit together.
And really, as far as SpaceBlog Alpha is concerned, it's about damn time.

The female crew now gathered at the ISS include Discovery mission specialists Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger, 34, a former high school science teacher; Stephanie Wilson, 43, a veteran of two shuttle missions; Naoko Yamazaki, 39, an astronaut with the Japanese space agency since 1996; and NASA astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson, 40, a member of the three person team already aboard the station.

Russia was the first nation to send a woman into space with the launch of Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova in 1963. Shamefully, NASA couldn't manage to accomplish that feat until 1983 with the launch of Astronaut Sally Ride.

As far as astronauts go, the current women in space are every bit as skilled as Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong, and a heckuva lot better looking. NASA TV hasn't been this much fun to watch since, well, ever.

But perhaps most importantly, they continue to set a fine example for young girls around the world who have begun to look at the Final Frontier as just another glass ceiling to break.

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