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([personal profile] nanila Oct. 21st, 2011 01:51 pm)
Dr Chiaki Mukai is a cardiovascular surgeon and JAXA astronaut who has flown two shuttle missions. She became the first Japanese woman in space on board the Space Shuttle Columbia’s flight STS-65 in 1994, and is still active in manned spaceflight programmes.



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Indian-Slovenian-American Sunita Williams is a naval officer, helicopter pilot and astronaut. She holds the record for the longest spaceflight of any woman - 195 days, spent about the International Space Station. She has also performed four spacewalks.



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([personal profile] nanila Oct. 19th, 2011 11:47 am)
Kalpana Chawla became the first Indian-born woman in space in 1997 on her first mission aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia. She was an aerospace engineer, pilot, flight instructor and general technical wizard.

Kalpana Chawla died on 1 February 2003 along with her six crewmates when the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated on re-entry.



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([personal profile] nanila Oct. 18th, 2011 11:19 am)
Astronaut and physician Mae Jemison became the first black woman in space aboard the Endeavour space shuttle in 1992. She cites Commander Uhura from the television series Star Trek as one of her inspirations when she was growing up. Little did she know that later in life she would appear on Star Trek herself (in The Next Generation episode “Second Chances”). She continues to reach out to minority students to get them interested in science.

"In kindergarten, my teacher asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, and I told her a scientist. She said, 'Don't you mean a nurse?' Now, there's nothing wrong with being a nurse, but that's not what I wanted to be."

“The best way to make a dream come true is to wake up.”



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([personal profile] nanila Oct. 17th, 2011 10:27 am)
This week’s theme was inspired by my attendance at the Royal Aeronautical Society’s Women in Aviation & Aerospace conference last Friday. Inaugurating Female Astronauts week is Ellen Lauri Ochoa, an engineer and inventor who is now Deputy Director of the Johnson Space Centre. She became the first Hispanic woman in space on a Discovery shuttle mission in 1993 and she holds multiple patents for novel optical inspection systems.



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