From 1959-1961, thirteen women passed all tests necessary to become astronauts, but were never allowed to go into space. But were they barred because of discrimination, or their own lack of experience?
Japanese astronaut Naoko Yamazaki has been selected to be a crew member on NASA's next space shuttle Atlantis flight, which is scheduled for February 2010. Yamazaki, who has a 6-year-old daughter, will be the second Japanese woman to fly into space and the first mom. Go moms!