There are a record-setting four women currently in space — two of them with ties to the Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley area — and we wanted to know more about these trailblazing astronauts.
As the Associated Press reported, Tracy Caldwell Dyson, a native of Arcadia, was aboard a Russian rocket last week when it blasted off with two Russian cosmonauts en route to the International Space Station.
And Stephanie D. Wilson, formerly of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Caada Flintridge, was aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery as it launched on Monday.
Here are some stats on Dyson from NASA:
And here’s what we learned from NASA on Stephanie D. Wilson:
Here’s a round-up of photos, new and old, of the two U.S. women astronauts:
Below, U.S. astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson, Russian cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov, bottom, and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko, top, boarding a Russian Soyuz TMA-18 rocket at Kazakhstan’s Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome on April 2. They are headed for the International Space Station.
Below, Dyson speaks during an April 1 news conference at Baikonur cosmodrome.
This series of images, below, includes Dyson and Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Mikhail Kornienko before they entered a training module outside Moscow in Star City on March 12.
Below, mission specialist Stephanie Wilson, center, with Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Naoko Yamazaki, left, and mission specialist Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger, right, part of the crew of the space shuttle Discovery as they walk out on April 5 at Kennedy Space Center in Florida in advance of the early morning launch.
Below, NASA’s STS-131 astronauts, including Wilson, third from left, in Cape Canaveral on April 5. Part of Discovery’s mission includes carrying a multi-purpose logistics module filled with science racks for the laboratories aboard the International Space Station.
Below, NASA’s STS-131 mission specialists, Metcalf-Lindenburger, Clayton Anderson, Wilson and Yamazaki prepare to address the media at the shuttle landing facility at Kennedy Space Center on March 5 in Cape Canaveral.
Wilson, below, in 2008, greeting astronaut Doug Wheelock during a presentation at NASA headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Below, in a 2007 photo, Wilson inspects the space shuttle Discovery after a 15-day flight. Discovery’s crew in 2007 delivered the Harmony Node to the International Space Station and repaired damage to a solar array on the station during a dramatic spacewalk.
Below, Wilson, in 2007, at the center of a huddle of space shuttle crew.
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