Naming the COMET collection
Ever thought about the female names given to the Earberries with attachable magnetic tassels? Anna Lee, Bonnie, Judith, Kathryn, Margaret, Mary, Sally, Shannon, Svetlana, and Valentina? Well, they are all female astronauts. Fierce women from the past century that have proved that even not the sky is the limit.
Anna Lee became the first mother in space.
Contributed to the design of a spacesuit tailored to the female anatomy.
Flew in late 1984 on STS-51-A aboard Discovery.
Honored California Science Center Woman of the year, 1986.
Bonnie is an American engineer and retired NASA astronaut. She flew Space Shuttle missions between 1985 and 1998.
Inducted into the Women in Technology International Hall of Fame (2000), one of five women in the world so honored annually.
A veteran of five space flights, Dunbar has logged more than 1,208 hours (50 days) in space.
Anna Fisher suit fitting / Resnik and the crew enjoying space / Sally Ride
Resnik was the second American woman in space and the fourth woman in space worldwide.
She was the first Jewish woman of any nationality in space.
During the mission, Resnik held a written sign saying “Hi Dad” to the cameras, and in a live televised broadcast from space with President Reagan, told him: “The Earth looks great”.
The IEEE Judith Resnik Award for space engineering is named in her honor. She died aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger in 1986.
Kathryn was the first American woman to walk in space on October 11, 1984.
On June 7, 2020, she became the first woman to dive to the Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench, the deepest part of the Earth’s oceans.
In 2014, Sullivan was honored in the Time 100 list.
Margaret was a part of the first group of astronauts to include women in 1979.
In space, she used her surgical skills to operate a bone saw to help build homemade repair tools for the satellite.
Aged 72, she is now the Assistant Chief Medical Officer of the Vanderbilt Medical Group in Nashville, Tennessee.
Cleave was selected as an astronaut in May 1980.
Cleave logged a total of 10 days, 22 hours, 02 minutes, 24 seconds in space, orbited the Earth 172 times, and traveled 3.94 million miles.
In 1990 took part in a mission that radar-mapped over 95% of the surface of Venus.
Sally joined NASA in 1978 and became the first American woman in space in 1983. Ride remains the youngest American astronaut to have traveled to space, having done so at the age of 32.
In 1978 started the first class with women. To the advertisement in the Stanford student newspaper, 8000 students applied and only 35 people were selected.
Ride was subject to media attention due to her gender. During a press conference, she was asked questions such as, “Do you weep when things go wrong on the job?” Despite this and the historical significance of the mission, Ride insisted that she saw herself in only one way—as an astronaut.
In 2019, Mattel Inc released a Barbie doll in Ride’s likeness as part of their “Inspiring Women” series.
Shannon is the only American woman to have served aboard Mir space station.
In 2002, Discover magazine recognized Lucid as one of the 50 most important women in science.
Of the six women in this first class with female astronauts, Lucid was the only one who was a mother at the time of being selected.
Lucid was awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor in December 1996 (for her mission to Mir), making her the tenth person and first woman to be given that honor.
Svetlana flew aboard Soyuz T-7 in 1982, becoming the second woman in space.
On her 1984 Soyuz T-12 mission she became the first woman to fly to space twice, and the first woman to perform a spacewalk.
The asteroid 4118 Sveta is named after her.
Valentina is the first and youngest woman to have flown in space with a solo mission on the Vostok 6 on 16 June 1963.
Before her selection for the Soviet space program, Tereshkova was a textile factory worker and an amateur skydiver.
Tereshkova was a well-known representative of the Soviet Union abroad. She became a member of the World Peace Council in 1966. She was also the Soviet representative to the UN Conference for the International Women’s Year in Mexico City in 1975.