Women Astronauts: Milestones

Milestones for Women in Space

On 16 June 1963 Valentina Tereshkova of the USSR was the first woman in space, aboard Vostok 6.

On 18 June 1983 Sally Ride was the first American woman in space. She was also the youngest Amercian to enter space! STS7 & STS41-G.

On 25 July 1984 Svetlana Savitskaya of the USSR was the first woman to walk in space. Soyuz T-5, T-7 & T-12.

On 11 October 1984 Kathryn D. Sullivan was the first American woman to walk in space. STS41-G, STS31 & STS45.

On 18 May 1991 Helen Sharman became the first Briton in space. Soyuz TM11 & 12.

On 22 January 1992 Roberta Bondar became the first Canadian woman in space. STS42.

On 12 September 1992 Mae Jemison became the first African American woman in space. STS47.

On 8 July 1994 Chiaki Mukai became the first Japanese woman in space. STS65 & STS95.

On 17 August 1996 Claudie Haigneré became the first French woman in space. Soyuz TM-24/TM-23 & Soyuz TM-33/32.

On 08 April 2008 Yi So-yeon became the first Koren in space. Soyuz TMA-12.

On 18 June 2012 Liu Yang became the first Chinese woman in space, aboard Shenzhou 9.