Women in Space — Following Valentina

  • David J. Shayler
  • Ian A. Moule

Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxix
  2. Pages 43-67
  3. Pages 167-195
  4. Pages 197-229
  5. Pages 305-338
  6. Pages 339-365
  7. Pages 367-369
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 371-410

About this book


Space exploration has developed from early, unmanned space probes through the pioneering years of the ‘Manned’ Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo missions, to missions that now include women in the crew as a matter of course. Dave Shayler tells the story of the first woman balloonist in 1784 to their breakthrough as astronauts and cosmonauts in a range of professional roles. He covers the contribution women have made to space exploration and draws on interviews with Shuttle and Mir crew members who were women. These interviews detail the achievements of the first female Shuttle commander and the first female resident crew member of the International Space Station. These and many other events are presented in a detailed and highly readable account that recalls the difficult path to space exploration by women.


astronomy earth space space exploration spaceflight

Authors and affiliations

  • David J. Shayler
    • 1
  • Ian A. Moule
    • 2
  1. 1.Astro Info ServiceAstronautical HistorianHalesowen, West MidlandsUK
  2. 2.Aerospace HistorianRaunds, NorthamptonshireUK

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