Women’s History Month 2023:
Celebrating Women Astronauts
“A bird cannot fly with one wing only. Human space flight cannot develop any further without the active participation of women.” — Valentina Tereshkova
“If we want scientists and engineers in the future, we should be cultivating the girls as much as the boys.” — Sally Ride
“International cooperation is very necessary. Chinese have a saying, ‘When all the people collect the wood, you will make a great fire.’” — Liu Yang
As of March 2023, 72 women have flown in space. Of these, 44 have worked on the International Space Station as long-duration expedition crewmembers, as visitors on space shuttle assembly flights, or as space flight participants on short-duration missions. NASA recognizes the significant accomplishments of these women from many nations as well as the pioneering women who preceded them into space. Many other women contributed to the assembly of the station and the research conducted onboard on a daily basis, including those on the ground who served as center directors, managers, flight directors, and in many other roles to pursue the exploration of space. Their achievements will contribute to NASA’s efforts to land the first woman and the first person of color on the Moon and possibly send the first crews to Mars in the coming decades. For the full article, visit https://www.nasa.gov/feature/womens-history-month-2023-celebrating-women-astronauts.