While you might be spending Sunday celebrating the most important men in your life, a handful of space nerds will spend it mulling the successes of Valentina Tereshkova, who was the first woman to go to space in 1963. That was 20 years earlier than the United States sent the late Sally Ride into orbit.
Today, 33-year-old air force pilot Liu Yang is in space, having been rocketed there on Saturday — along with two male colleagues — for a docking mission. Yang is China's first woman in space, and she'll be there for about a week. Incidentally, on this day in 1983, Sally Ride became the first American woman in space.…
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?