215 Miles Above the Earth


You gotta hand it to them. These fearless women are at the helm of NASA's latest space mission. It's hard for me to grasp how anyone, male or female can just shoot themselves into space, fly a space shuttle, hook up to the space station and then get themselves safely back to Earth. Personally, I'm afraid to fly to Los Angeles, so I really admire someone who can be so dedicated and cool under pressure. Pamela Melroy is the captain of the space shuttle, and Peggy Whitson was the one to receive her at the station. Only 5 and 6 years older than ME, respectively, these gals are my ultimate Action Hero Scientists. In an extremely competitive, dangerous, male-dominated field they are kicking ass.
The first woman in space was Russian. Her name was Valentina Tereshkova, originally a mill worker who loved to skydive. She orbited Earth 48 times in 1963. In 1963 there weren't even cordless phones so it's possible that Valentina was the bravest of them all.

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