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August 22-28, 2016 / Vol 35, No 34 / Hawai`i Island, USA

19 Aug 2016, 19:26 UTC
August 22-28, 2016 / Vol 35, No 34 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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Women on the Moon & USA 21st Century Leadership

Celebrating Women’s Equality Day on August 26 many are looking ahead to the next great gender-barriers to be overcome, USA President, United Nations Secretary General, “Lunarnaut”. Sixty women explorers, 11% of the total 549 Astronauts so far, comprise some of the most well known and inspirational Stars of the Space Age: Valentina Tereshkova (1st woman in Space, Vostok 6, June 16 1963), Sally Ride (1st USA woman in Space, youngest of any American astronaut, Challenger STS-7, June 18-24 1983), Barbara Morgan (1st teacher in Space, STS-118, Aug 8 2007), Eileen Collins (1st woman pilot, STS-63, 1st woman commander of a Space Shuttle STS-93), Kathy Sullivan (1st USA woman EVA, STS 41-G, October 11 1984), Sunita Williams (record for total EVAs (7) and total EVA duration by a woman, 50 hours 40 minutes), Mae Jemison (1st African-American woman in Space, STS-47, September 12-20 1992), Shannon Lucid (record until 2007 for most flight hours in orbit for a female astronaut), Liu Yang (1st PRC woman in space, 1st crewed mission to Tiangong 1 space station, Shenzhou 9, June 16 2012) and many others. A new generation of sustainable Human Moon Missions to establish ...

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