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August 13, 2012 - Sisterhood in Space

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 Calendar

August 13-19, 2012

Holidays - Sky Events - Space History

Moon phase Monday 13

Venus 0.6° south of Moon
Perseid meteor shower

Moon phase Tuesday 14

Moon phase Wednesday 15

Venus at greatest elongation (46° W)

Moon phase Thursday 16

Mercury 4° north of Moon
Mercury at greatest elongation (19° W)

1963: M2-F1 lifting body makes first glide flight after being towed aloft by a C-47

Moon phase Friday 17

Mars 3° south of Saturn
New Moon 11:54 AM ET

1966: Pioneer 7 launched
1970: Venera 7 launched
2006: Voyager 1 is 100 AU from Earth

Moon phase Saturday 18

1868: Total solar eclipse leads to discovery of helium
1877: Asaph Hall discovers Phobos
1960: Discoverer XIV launched, first successful US photo reconnaissance satellite
1993: First DC-X flight
1999: Cassini spacecraft flies by Earth

Moon phase Sunday 19

1646: John Flamsteed born
1891: Milton Humason born
1982: Soyuz T-7 launched, Svetlana Savitskaya is second woman in space

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