Women walk in space

The seagull has landed – cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova “Ya Chaika! Ya Chaika!” (I am Seagull!)

Women of many nationalities have worked in space. The first woman in space, Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, flew in 1963. Space flight programs were slow to employ women, and only began to include them from the 1980s.

2019 Giant Step

However, we had to wait till 18th October 2019 to witness the first all-women spacewalk. Last Friday, Christina Koch was first to emerge from the International Space Station, followed by Jessica Meir. The walk to repair a power controller lasted seven hours and 17 minutes and included a brief call with President Trump.

Gender Milestone

Ms Koch said these gender milestones are very significant as they inspire everyone. Ms Meir praised the efforts of the many women of previous decades who worked to achieve this monumental goal.

Author: Breda Fay

I'm retired since end August 2016 and loving the new life! More time now for family and friends and to explore craft, history, travel and certainly more of a chance for, me-time. To paraphrase Seuss: I've no tears that (teaching) is over; but many smiles that it happened!

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