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.
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.”
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