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August 13, 2012 - Sisterhood in Space

13 Aug 2012, 04:00 UTC
August 13, 2012 - Sisterhood in Space
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The Week in SpaceAugust 13-19, 2012 Sisterhood in Space In 1962, Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman to travel in space, but the door to cosmic gender equity was slow in opening. Nearly twenty years passed before another woman, Svetlana Savitskaya, orbited Earth on an historic mission that began thirty years ago this week. During a later 1984 mission to the Salyut space station, Savitskaya became the first woman to walk in space, and is still the only Soviet/Russian woman to do so. Worldwide, male astronauts still outnumber females, despite numerous examples of women who have the right stuff, like Peggy Whitson, who currently holds the U.S. record for most time in space at more than 376 days over six missions. Whitson, commander of the ISS Expedition 16 crew, is seen here during a seven-hour space walk in 2007. Image credit: NASA Weekly CalendarAugust 13-19, 2012Holidays - Sky Events - Space History Monday 13Venus 0.6° south of MoonPerseid meteor shower Tuesday 14 Wednesday 15Venus at greatest elongation (46° W) Thursday 16Mercury 4° north of MoonMercury at greatest elongation (19° W) 1963: M2-F1 lifting body makes first glide flight after being towed aloft by a C-47 Friday 17Mars 3° south of ...

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