First US Female Astronauts – 1978

By | Aug 19, 2009

Margaret Seddon
Born November 8, 1947. In 1978 she was selected as one of the first six female astronauts. Prior to her she had earned her Doctor of Medicine from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in 1973. She flew on three shuttle missions, April 1985, June 1991 and November 1993.

Kathryn Sullivan
Born October 3, 1951. On her first flight she became the first US woman to perform a space walk in October 1984. She flew on a total of three shuttle missions.

Anna Fisher
Born August 24, 1949. She received a bachelor of science in Chemistry in 1971 and a doctor of Medicine in 1976 from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her first and only flight was in November 1984. In 1987 she was on the Astronaut Selection Board for the 1987 class of astronauts.

Judith Resnick
Born April 5, 1949. Before entering the space program she had received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1970, and a doctorate in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland in 1977. Her first flight was in August 1984 on a 7-day mission. She was mission specialist on the January 1986 Challenger which exploded after takeoff, killing all aboard.

Sally Ride.
Born May 26, 1951. She was a nationally ranked tennis player, but chose science and college over tennis. Ride was the first US woman in space on the Challenger June 1983 mission, the seventh shuttle flight. She also flew in October 1984 along with Kathryn Sullivan, the first flight to have 2 female members.

Shannon Lucid
Born January 14, 1943. Her first mission was in June 1985. She has flown on six shuttle missions, although two of them were her transportation to and from the Mir on which she spent 188 days. She has logged 5354 hours (223 days) in space part of which was spending 188 days on Mir. She holds the US longest space endurance and most flight hours by any non-Russian.


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