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Nice to see a technical field where women are in the spotlight – and over 30. Today, 5 April, the Space Shuttle Discovery successfully blasted off into orbit and in the process set a record for the most women in space at the same time.

Via the Times Online:

Three women are aboard Discovery and another already is at the $100 billion (£66 billion) International Space Station (ISS), nearly 50 years after the Soviet Union put the first woman into orbit.

Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger, 34, Stephanie Wilson, 43, and Naoko Yamazaki, 39, blasted-off from Kennedy Space Centre at Cape Canaveral, Florida, at 6.21am local time today. They are due to dock at the ISS on Wednesday, linking up with Tracy Caldwell Dyson, 40.

This brings the total number of women to have flown in space to 54, although women still account for a disproprtionately low number of the total of 517 space travellers overall.

Ms Wilson said: “I’d love to have those numbers be higher, but I think that we have made a great start and have paved the way, with women now being able to perform the same duties as men in space flight.”

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Official Crew Photo via Wikipedia. Seated: James Dutton (left) Alan Poindexter (right); Standing (l-r): Rick Mastracchio, Stephanie Wilson, Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger, Naoko Yamazaki (JAXA) and Clayton Anderson