The world’s first all-civilian mission to orbit space, the SpaceX: Inspiration4 flight, should be launching any day and sending two civilian women into orbit, and four civilian passengers in total. This mission will consist of no astronauts making it the first of its nature, with the intent of showing that space travel can and should be more accessible to everyday people. If all goes accordingly this will be an exciting step in the advancement of exploration in space!
As of 2021, only 11.5% of those who have traveled into space have been women. The first woman to ever enter into space was Valentina Tereshkova in 1963, from Russia. After Tereshkova’s 48 orbits around the earth, women would have to wait another 19 years before getting back beyond Earth’s atmosphere. To this day women are still not allowed to participate in as many missions as their male counterparts, due to concern of women being more susceptible to radiation. Regardless, the upcoming SpaceX mission containing 50% female passengers is a huge win for the push of women in science and technology!
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