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Valentina’s Day, T-29, #WomanAstroHistoryMystery

Serova, Elena - NASASince we’re counting down to Valentina’s Day, I thought I would highlight Tereshkova’s comrades, of which there were only three as of November 2013. Oh, wait! Did a quick check online and there are a total of six cosmonauts as of September 2012, according to NASA’s Women In Space page.

More checking and I came across the Smithsonian’s Air and Space magazine with an article (link below) about Elena Serova published September 2014. It states that Elena was the fourth cosmonaut. So which one is right? Who are the other two women listed on the NASA site? And there’s two ways to spell Serova’s first name?

Like I was saying, there were three. That I know of. But, but NASA’s page…

It’s a #WomanAstro history mystery. I run across this all the time when I do research on the internet. Unfortunately, it’s where today’s youth goes for their information. If I get befuddled by what I find, I can only imagine the challenges for young girls interested in space. What about women’s history in other scientific disciplines? I’m not sure I want to know.

And we’re back to three (because it’s getting late). I’ve provided three links for each. I hope you enjoy!

So that’s how it goes for today. I’m obviously doing this by the seat of my pants and it is full of surprises. I haven’t studied astronauts/cosmonauts as I have women astronomers, so a lot of this is new to me. And in case you didn’t notice, not a lot of planning went into this. Okay, I didn’t plan anything. I just jumped right in. Sometimes that’s what you have to do.

See Me Soar, Day 4: Woman Astronomer Links

Sunflower Galaxy in infrared. Image Courtesy NASA/JPL Caltech

It’s Friday, day four on my quest to celebrate each day of National Women’s History Month. For some unknown reason, I just can’t seem to get my act together. So, I’m going to embrace my laziness and today, for your reading pleasure, I’m giving you 10 great websites I like with lots of links on women astronomers. Enjoy!

WomanAstronomer.com

Women Astronomers at Astronomy Compendium

Women in Planetary Science

She Is an Astronomer

Women and the US Naval Observatory

Wikipedia, Category: Women Astronomers

Astronomical Society of the Pacific, Women in Astronomy

AAS Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy

Distinguished Women of Past and Present, Astronomy

Women in Astronomy – Bio-Notes

Clear skies!
Debra

Greetings, Universe!

Welcome to the first official blog of WomanAstronomer.com. I’m so happy you’ve chosen to join me and look forward to sharing some of my thoughts about women in astronomy.

Besides women astronomers, there are a number of topics I’ll write about in this space. I’m very interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) issues and education in general, especially how it affects girls. I’m sure I’ll throw in some science fiction (because that’s the path that led me to astronomy), some NASA and the New Space industry news, and anything else under the Sun that is hot.

I’ll also be turning you on to links and videos I run across which I think you’ll find of interest and who knows what else I’ll find intriguing and want to share with you.

Finally, and most importantly, I’d like to know what you want to see in this blog, so please feel free to drop me a comment with any suggestions you may have.

Thanks for stopping by and I look forward to getting to know you. Oh, and please be sure to sign up to be notified of future entries.

Clear skies!
Debra

PS – Don’t forget to go outside the next couple of nights to check out the Perseid Meteor Shower, one of the best of the year.