Women Astronauts

Throughout history, there have been many women astronauts who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great female astronauts such as Valentina Tereshkova, Sally Ride, Roberta Bondar, Svetlana Savitskaya.The women astronauts featured in this list are from United States, United Kingdom, Canada & Australia and many more countries.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Kalpana Chawla

Kalpana Chawla
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Famous As: Astronaut
Birthdate: March 17, 1962
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Karnal, India
Died: February 1, 2003
Astronaut Kalpana Chawla became the first Indian-origin woman to go to space in the 1997 STS-87 mission. She and the other crew members of the Space Shuttle Columbia STS-107 mission died when the shuttle exploded before reaching Earth. The Indian weather satellite MetSat-1 was renamed Kalpana-1 in her honor.

 2 Sunita Williams

Sunita Williams
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Famous As: Astronaut
Birthdate: September 19, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Euclid, Ohio, United States

Sunita Williams is an American US Navy officer and astronaut. She formerly held the records for most spacewalk time for a woman and most spacewalks by a woman. In 2007, she became the first person to run a marathon in space. She has several honors under her belt, including a NASA Spaceflight Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, and Navy Commendation Medal.

 3 Sally Ride

Sally Ride
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Famous As: First American Woman To Go in Space, Physicist
Birthdate: May 26, 1951
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Encino, Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: July 23, 2012
Astronaut and physicist Sally Ride was the first American woman and the youngest American astronaut to enter space. Following her death, it was revealed that she had been in a 27-year lesbian relationship with tennis player and professor Tam O'Shaughnessy. Sally herself was a ranked junior tennis player, too.

 4 Christa McAuliffe

Christa McAuliffe
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Famous As: Astronaut, Teacher
Birthdate: September 2, 1948
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: January 28, 1986

Christa McAuliffe was an American astronaut and teacher who died while serving as a payload specialist on board Space Shuttle Challenger, which exploded during STS-51-L. McAuliffe was all set to become the first teacher in space as she was part of the NASA Teacher in Space Project. In 2004, she was posthumously honored with the Congressional Space Medal of Honor.

 5 Mae Jemison

Mae Jemison
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Famous As: First African American Woman To Travel To Space
Birthdate: October 17, 1956
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Decatur, Alabama, United States

Former NASA astronaut Mae Jemison became the first Black woman to fly into space, as a mission specialist on the Space Shuttle Endeavour. A qualified physician, she has served as a Peace Corps doctor, too. She has written several books and established a non-profit and a tech research organization.

 6 Valentina Tereshkova

Valentina Tereshkova
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Famous As: Pilot, Astronaut, Politician
Birthdate: March 6, 1937
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bolshoye Maslennikovo, Russia
Former cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova is currently part of the Russian State Duma. In 1963, she became the first woman to fly into space when she went on a solo mission aboard the Vostok 6. She has won many honors, such as the Hero of the Soviet Union.

 7 Julie Payette

Julie Payette
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Famous As: Governor General of Canada
Birthdate: October 20, 1963
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Canadian engineer and astronaut Julie Payette has been the Governor General of Canada from 2017 to 2021. She was initially a research scientist and then joined the Canadian Space Agency, eventually completing two spaceflights. Payette resigned as governor general after a workplace review accused her of workplace harassment.
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 8 Lisa Nowak

Lisa Nowak
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Famous As: Astronaut, Engineer
Birthdate: May 10, 1963
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

Former NASA astronaut and U.S. Navy captain Lisa Nowak was part of the STS-121 mission. She made headlines when she apparently attempted to kidnap Air Force captain Colleen Shipman, who was getting into a relationship with astronaut William Oefelein, who had previously dated Nowak. Nowak was subsequently dismissed from NASA.

 9 Judith Resnik

Judith Resnik
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: April 5, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Akron, Ohio, United States
Died: January 28, 1986

Judith Resnik was an American software engineer, electrical engineer, pilot, biomedical engineer, and NASA astronaut. She was the fourth woman and the first Jewish woman in space, logging 145 hours in orbit. Resnik, who died during the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster in 1986, received several posthumous honors. Judith Resnik’s life and career inspired the 1990 TV movie Challenger.

 10 Peggy Whitson

Peggy Whitson
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Famous As: Astronaut, Biochemist
Birthdate: February 9, 1960
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mount Ayr, Iowa, United States

The first woman to command the International Space Station, NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson was born to farmers and decided to become an astronaut after watching the moon landing on TV. She also boasts of a PhD in biochemistry and has been a researcher and educator of biochemistry and genetic engineering.

 11 Anousheh Ansari

Anousheh Ansari
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Famous As: American-Iranian engineer
Birthdate: September 12, 1966
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mashhad

 12 Ellen Ochoa

Ellen Ochoa
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: May 10, 1958
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

Ellen Ochoa is an American engineer and classical flautist. A former astronaut, Ochoa was the first Hispanic woman in space. In 2012, she became the first Hispanic director of Johnson Space Center. Ochoa has won several prestigious awards including NASA's Distinguished Service Medal and Space Flight Medals. In 2017, she was inducted into the United States Astronaut Hall of Fame.

 13 Jessica Meir

Jessica Meir
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Famous As: NASA astronaut
Birthdate: July 15, 1977
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Caribou, Maine, United States

 14 Kathleen Rubins

Kathleen Rubins
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Famous As: Astronaut, Biologist
Birthdate: October 14, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Farmington

Kathleen Rubins is a microbiologist and NASA astronaut. In 2016, she became the 60th woman to fly in space when she launched on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. She traveled to the International Space Station and returned to Earth after a few months. She has spent a total of 300 days, 1 hour, and 31 minutes in space. 

 15 Helen Sharman

Helen Sharman
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Famous As: Chemist
Birthdate: May 30, 1963
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sheffield,England

The first British person to fly into space, Helen Sharman also became the first female astronaut to visit the Mir space station. She was selected from over 13,000 applicants to be part of the Project Juno program. She was also as a chemist for the chocolate manufacturer Mars.

 16 Barbara Morgan

Barbara Morgan
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Famous As: Astronaut, Teacher
Birthdate: November 28, 1951
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Fresno

 17 Roberta Bondar

Roberta Bondar
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Famous As: Astronaut & Neurologist
Birthdate: December 4, 1945
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sault Ste. Marie, Canada

Canadian neurologist, educator, scientist, astronaut and photographer Roberta Bondar CC OOnt FRCPC FRSC is noted as the first female astronaut and the first neurologist of Canada to travel into space. She flew as part of the Space Shuttle Discovery mission STS-42 and performed over forty experiments in Spacelab. She later served as head of an international team of researchers at NASA.

 18 Laurel Clark

Laurel Clark
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Famous As: Medical Doctor
Birthdate: March 10, 1961
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ames, Iowa, United States
Died: February 1, 2003

 19 Anna Lee Fisher

Anna Lee Fisher
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Famous As: Astronaut
Birthdate: August 24, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York City

 20 Eileen Collins

Eileen Collins
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Famous As: Officer, Astronaut
Birthdate: November 19, 1956
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Elmira

 21 Samantha Cristoforetti

Samantha Cristoforetti
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Famous As: Astronaut, Aviator, Engineer
Birthdate: April 26, 1977
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Milan

 22 Karen L. Nyberg

Karen L. Nyberg
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Famous As: Astronaut, Engineer
Birthdate: October 7, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Parkers Prairie

 23 Kathryn D. Sullivan

Kathryn D. Sullivan
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Famous As: Geologist
Birthdate: October 3, 1951
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paterson, New Jersey, United States

 24 Svetlana Savitskaya

Svetlana Savitskaya
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Famous As: Aviator
Birthdate: August 8, 1948
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

 25 Tracy Caldwell Dyson

Tracy Caldwell Dyson
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Famous As: Astronaut
Birthdate: August 14, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Arcadia

 26 Susan Helms

Susan Helms
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Famous As: Air force officer, Astronaut, Engineer
Birthdate: February 26, 1958
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Charlotte

 27 Catherine Coleman

Catherine Coleman
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Famous As: Chemist, Air force officer, Astronaut, Engineer
Birthdate: December 14, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Charleston

 28 Shannon Lucid

Shannon Lucid
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Famous As: Biochemist
Birthdate: January 14, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Shanghai, China

Shannon Lucid once held the record for the longest space stay by any woman and by any American. Born in China, to missionaries, she was imprisoned by the Japanese, along with her parents, as an infant. The family then moved to the U.S., where Lucid studied at the University of Oklahoma.

 29 Liu Yang

Liu Yang
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Famous As: Chinese astronaut
Birthdate: October 6, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: China

 30 Jan Davis

Jan Davis
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Famous As: Astronaut
Birthdate: November 1, 1953
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cocoa Beach, Florida, United States

Former American astronaut Jan Davis logged over 673 hours and 11 million miles in space and orbited the earth 445 times during her three Space Shuttle flights, STS-47, STS-60, STS-85. She worked for NASA for over two decades and thereafter served as a Vice President and Deputy General Manager for Jacobs Engineering Group. She presently works for Bastion Technologies, Inc.

 31 Marsha Ivins

Marsha Ivins
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Famous As: Astronaut, Engineer
Birthdate: April 15, 1951
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Baltimore

 32 Claudie Haigneré

Claudie Haigneré
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Famous As: Doctor
Birthdate: May 13, 1957
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Le Creusot, France

 33 Yi So-yeon

Yi So-yeon
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Famous As: Astronaut
Birthdate: June 2, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Gwangju, South Korea

 34 Kathryn C. Thornton

Kathryn C. Thornton
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Famous As: Astronaut
Birthdate: August 17, 1952
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Montgomery, Alabama, United States

 35 Chiaki Mukai

Chiaki Mukai
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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: May 6, 1952
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tatebayashi, Japan

 36 Kathryn P. Hire

Kathryn P. Hire
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Famous As: Astronaut
Birthdate: August 26, 1959
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama, United States

 37 Yelena Kondakova

Yelena Kondakova
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Famous As: Cosmonaut
Birthdate: March 30, 1957
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mytishchi, Russia