Inspirational women

Sunita Williams To Fly To ISS On US Commercial Vehicle

After launching to space on both NASA’s Space Shuttle and then the Russian Soyuz rocket, Sunita (Suni) Williams will be one of the first female NASA astronaut to fly onboard the new US commercial vehicles being developed. Suni, who formerly held the record for the longest EVA (spacewalk) time by a female astronaut, was chosen along with astronaut …

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New Video Shows Dr.Rhea Seddon Being Selected By NASA As One Of The First 6 Female Astronauts

A fascinating new video was posted online this week showing Dr.Rhea Seddon being told by a TV presenter in 1978 that she had been selected by NASA as one of the first 6 female astronauts for the agency. After 15 years of NASA selecting solely male astronauts, Dr.Margaret Rhea Seddon and her 5 colleagues made …

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The Untold Story of the New Horizons Mission Team

Tomorrow (July 14) at 7:49 am EDT we see a dwarf planet up-close for the first time, but behind this historic achievement is a team of brilliant, hard-working women. The New Horizons mission will fly-by Pluto tomorrow after travelling through the Solar System for over 9 years, allowing the world to learn about this icy dwarf …

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Valentina’s Day – Celebrating The Day Valentina Tereshkova Became The First Woman In Space

52 years ago on this day, Valentina Tereshkova launched on her Vostok 6 mission and became the first woman in space, breaking the ultimate glass ceiling. Valentina was partly selected for the Soviet Space Program for her exceptional parachuting ability, having conducted 126 jumps, at a time when cosmonauts were required to parachute from their capsules …

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ESA Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti Returns To Earth, Becoming Longest Serving Female Astronaut In Space

Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti landed today in her Soyuz descent module on a desert steppe in Kazakhstan having broken the world record for the longest serving female astronaut in space, spending 200 days on the ISS. The record was previously held at 195 days by NASA astronaut Suni Williams. European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut became the first Italian woman …

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Inspirational Google Doodles Remember Sally Ride, The First American Woman In Space

Today’s Google doodles celebrate what would’ve been the 64th birthday of Sally Ride, the first American woman in space. Throughout her career at NASA Sally  informed major space policy decisions by being a presidential panel member of the 2009 Review of United States Human Spaceflight Plans Committee. This was an independent review of US Human Spaceflight …

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International Women’s Day: 5 Pioneering Rocket Women You Should Know

The first International Women’s Day occurred in 1911 and today over 100 years later, the world is celebrating the achievements of women globally whilst supporting gender equality. To celebrate this year’s theme ‘Make It Happen’, here are the stories of 5 pioneering true Rocket Women that have made it happen, achieving their goals and overcoming …

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Emma Watson Inspires Fan To Become An Engineer

After her rousing speech to launch the #HeForShe campaign at the UN Headquarters and recent Davos press conference highlighting the issue of gender equality, Emma Watson has once again proven extremely worthy of her role as UN Women Goodwill Ambassador. Her fantastic advice below to a young girl who wanted to become an engineer is the kind of …

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Emma Watson: Talented Actress, Female Empowerment Superstar

I started questioning gender-based assumptions when at eight I was confused at being called “bossy,” because I wanted to direct the plays we would put on for our parents—but the boys were not. When at 14 I started being sexualised by certain elements of the press. When at 15 my girlfriends started dropping out of …

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