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Pictures of Women Astronauts


Women were not part of the astronaut program when it first began -- there was originally a requirement that astronauts be military test pilots, and no women had such experience. But after one attempt ending in 1960 to include women, women were finally admitted to the program. Here is an image gallery of some of the notable women astronauts from NASA history.
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Jerrie Cobb in 1960, testing the Gimbal Rig, used to train astronautsJerrie CobbJerrie Cobb with a Mercury space capsuleJerrie CobbFirst Lady Astronaut Trainees (FLAT): 7 of Mercury 13 visit Kennedy Space Center, 1995First Lady Astronaut Trainees (FLAT)Jacqueline Cochran sworn in as NASA consultant by NASA administrator James E. Webb, 1961Jacqueline Cochran
Nichelle Nichols recruited astronaut candidatesNichelle NicholsShannon Lucid, Margaret Rhea Seddon, Kathryn Sullivan, Judith Resnik, Anna Fisher, Sally RideFirst Female Astronaut CandidatesRhea Seddon, Kathryn Sullivan, Judith Resnick, Sally Ride, Anna Fisher, Shannon LucidFirst Six American Women AstronautsSally K. Ride, Judith A. Resnik, Anna L. Fisher, Kathryn D. Sullivan, Rhea SeddonFirst Women Astronauts
NASA official portrait of female astronaut Sally Ride.Sally RideKathryn Sullivan Kathryn Sullivan Official Photo of 41-G Crew Including Kathryn Sullivan and Sally RideKathryn Sullivan and Sally Ride Sally Ride and Kathryn Sullivan show sleep restraint on space shuttle.Kathryn Sullivan and Sally Ride
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