In February of 1960, the American magazine Look ran a cover story that asked, “Should a Girl Be First in Space?” It was a sensational headline representing an audacious idea at the time. And as we all know, the proposal fell short. In 1961, NASA sent Alan Shepard above the stratosphere, followed by dozens of other spacemen over the next two decades. Only in 1983 did Sally Ride become America’s first female astronaut to launch.
Three Chinese astronauts on Monday entered an orbiting module for the first time, in a move broadcast live on China's state television network and a key step towards the nation's first space station.The astronauts, two men and a woman, passed into the Tiangong-1 ("Heavenly Palace") module a little under three hours after it docked with the Shenzhou-9 ("Divine Vessel") spacecraft.The Shenzhou-9 took off Saturday carrying the first Chinese woman to go into space, before undergoing the third automatic docking China has ever performed, and the first for a manned mission.
China is to send its second woman astronaut into orbit on its longest mission yet, space officials said Monday, as the country works towards building a space station. The Shenzhou-10 -- the name means "Divine Vessel" -- will be launched on a Long March rocket at 0938 GMT Tuesday, Wu Ping, spokeswoman for China's manned space programme, told a news conference.
Astronaut Karen Nyberg, who recently returned from a five-and-a-half-month-stay on the International Space Station (ISS), shared her experience in space during a live talk at NASA headquarters on Monday. Crew members take the Russian Soyuz spacecraft to get both to and back from the ISS, although re-entry is a less comfortable ride, according to Nyberg.
Two space station astronauts are making a spacewalk to install a pair of cameras developed by a Canadian firm. The Russian astronauts are completing a job left undone last month.
Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazanskiy quickly got one of the Canadian-developed cameras installed outside the International Space Station, a task requiring multiple power connections. Everything checked out well, unlike the post-Christmas spacewalk where no data emanated from the cameras.
A Russian Soyuz space capsule brought a US astronaut and two Russians safely back to Earth from the International Space Station (ISS) Wednesday, with the crew parachuting down in the Kazakh steppe."All the crew members are in good health," the Russian Federal Space Agency said in a statement. "All the descent and landing operations were carried out normally."The Soyuz craft brought back Russian cosmonauts Alexander Kaleri and Oleg Skripochka and US astronaut Scott Kelly after a five month stint during which they conducted regular experiments and space station repairs.