Women in space: A gallery of firsts
More: Sally Ride: First American Woman in Space (Pictures) Ride was 32 when the STS-7 mission launched into space. Image 6 of 22 (Image credit: NASA) First African American woman in space: Mae Jemison NASA astronaut Mae Jemison flew on space shuttle Endeavour in September 1992, becoming the first African-American woman to travel to space. Koch launched to the space station on March 14, 2019 and returned to Earth on Feb. 6, 2020. Image 14 of 22 (Image credit: NASA) First Japanese woman in space: Chiaki Mukai The first Japanese woman in space was Chiaki Mukai, representing the National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA). Image 17 of 22 (Image credit: Documentary Channel) First female space tourist: Anousheh Ansari Iranian-American entrepreneur Anousheh Ansari became the first female space tourist when she funded her own way to the International Space Station aboard a Russian Soyuz space capsule in 2006 through the firm Space Adventures.space.com
Bone cancer survivor to join billionaire on SpaceX flight
(Mike Brown/American Lebanese Syrian Associated Charities, St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital via AP)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – After beating bone cancer, Hayley Arceneaux figures rocketing into orbit on SpaceX’s first private flight should be a piece of cosmic cake. When she was 10, she had surgery at St. Jude to replace her knee and get a titanium rod in her left thigh bone. Isaacman announced his space mission Feb. 1, pledging to raise $200 million for St. Jude, half of that his own contribution. As the flight’s self-appointed commander, he offered one of the four SpaceX Dragon capsule seats to St. Jude. One will be a sweepstakes winner; anyone donating to St. Jude this month is eligible.
Rosa Parks, Sally Ride get their own Barbie dolls
Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images(CNN) - Children everywhere are going to get the chance to have two historical female role models as part of their playsets. Mattel is honoring Rosa Parks and Sally Ride with their very own Barbie dolls. Rosa Parks was an American activist known as the Mother of the Modern Civil Rights Movement and Sally Ride was the first American woman -- and youngest American -- to fly in space. "Both Sally Ride and Rosa Parks made the world better for future generations of girls," a Mattel spokesperson told CNN. Showing girls more role models, historical and present, and telling their stories can help close that gap.