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Up, up and away - remembering the fabulous pioneering women in the space race


Elon Musk's SpaceX adventures - the crew has now linked up with the International Space Station after a 19-hour flight - has thrilled the world again as we watched the rocket launch live on YouTube in the comfort of our lounge rooms.


On a recent trip to NASA, I was in awe of the astronauts who venture into space never knowing if they will return - amazing, courageous adventurers who risk their lives every time they travel into the stratosphere.


Women played a major role in the success of the space race, with their incredible skill recently highlighted in that wonderful movie - Hidden Figures.


The story link below - from Florida - is a great story about a 50-year reunion of women involved in the Apollo program in the 1960s.


They were largely mathematicians and engineers who worked alongside their male colleagues as man first walked on the moon.


As of December 2019, 565 astronauts have travelled into space and 65 have been women, with many more employed by NASA in executive roles.


Even more exciting are programs such as one recently launched by Western Sydney Women called Women in Aviation.


The free, three-month mentoring program for girls and women interested in being a part of the aviation industry is supported under the Australian Government’s Women in the Aviation Industry Initiative. The mentoring program is aimed at encouraging more women to pursue careers in all elements of the aviation sector.


Watch this space...it can't be too much longer before Australia's first female astronaut gets to ride in a rocket.


https://www.baynews9.com/fl/tampa/news/2020/05/30/women-of-the-apollo-program-reunite-after-50-years

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