Boy Meets Girl from outer space
photo by Weegee, ~1960
Bonnie Dunbar served as mission specialist on Shuttle Challenger’s STS-61-A flight in 1985, becoming the ninth woman in space. Bonnie flew on a total of five shuttle missions and is now president of the Museum Of Flight in Seattle.
Mary Cleave became the tenth woman in space when she flew aboard Shuttle Atlantis on mission STS-61-B in 1985
Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova (Russian: Валенти́на Влади́мировна Терешко́ва; born March 6, 1937) is a retired Soviet cosmonaut, and was the first woman in space. She was selected out of more than four hundred applicants, and then out of five finalists, to pilot Vostok 6 on the 16 June, 1963, becoming both the first woman and the first civilian to fly in space, as she was only honorarily inducted into the USSR’s Air Force as a condition on joining the Cosmonaut Corps.
Valentina Tereshkova orbited the Earth 48 times during her three day spaceflight in Vostok 6 in 1963. First woman in space!
The third woman in space, and the first American woman in space. Sally Ride rode the Space Shuttle Challenger on the STS-7 mission in 1983.