Class of ’79: NASA’s First Women Astronauts

In January 1979, NASA unveiled the first group of women astronauts. The group included Shannon Lucid, Margaret Rhea Seddon, Kathryn Sullivan, Judith Resnik, Anna Fisher, and Sally Ride. The women completed training in August of 1979. 

Sally Ride became the first American woman in space in 1983, Kathryn Sullivan became the first American woman to perform a spacewalk, and Shannon Lucid became the first American woman to visit the Mir space station. Anna Fisher traveled to space as part of a Discovery mission in 1984. Margaret Rhea Seddon flew on three Space Shuttle flights: as mission specialist in 1985 and in 1991, and as payload commander in 1993. Judith Resnik died when the Space Shuttle Challenger was destroyed during its launch in 1986.

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