50 Years Of Women In Space
One of the major feats women have accomplished is not being stopped from going anywhere men dream of going. And as of June 16, 2013, women will have reach a major milestone: completing 50 years since the first woman took the leap into a territory only man had explored.
50 years ago on June 16, 1963, a young Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, went on the voyage that made her the first woman ever to fly into outer space. Her mission was simple to calculate the effects of outer space on the female body, but her accomplishment as being the first woman in outer space became an extremely important landmark in time for all women interested in space exploration. It proved that women were (and still are) just as capable as men to explore beyond our atmosphere. From that point forward, the involvement of women in space explorations has surprisingly increased to cover all fields; from being a pilot to having a woman commander, to even an all-woman crew. The all-woman crew selection was only based on the their skillset, not their gender.
It took about 20 years after Tereshkova’s flight for an American woman to spread her horizons beyond this world. Once we sent the first woman, however, we have not stopped. After Sally Ride, the first American female astronaut, NASA has sent over a little more than 40 woman astronauts on a mission into outer space.
This landmark in time is quite extraordinary. Women are every day a step closer to being in every and any field they want to be in. It proves to young girls that there is more to life than depending on someone or being a cute little house wife. We now live in a time where a woman has as much power to do what she wants, as long as she works really hard and stays focused, whenever she wants, just like men do.
Our space program is still looking for ways to have people land on other planets around us. So who knows, maybe in a few years we will all be gathered around a big screen television, or our laptops, or whatever new cool gadget technology creates, to see the first human step onto extraterrestrial ground. Perhaps this time we will be watching a lady descend and take the second most important step in space exploration since Neil Armstrong’s first step onto the moon.