These 2 Women of NASA Have Their Very Own Barbie Inspiring Dolls: Two Important Women in History that Everyone Should Know
Two women contributed to NASA’s space missions throughout history and became two of the most significant people. Although there are over 65 women who have travelled to space, one woman’s travel (1983) is considered a most recognizable one. During one of NASA’s most significant space missions in history, another woman, in 1969, was hired to calculated a spacecraft moon landing to safety.
2 Women of NASA With Their Very Own Barbie Dolls
- Sally K. Ride — A NASA astronaut and physicist
- Katherine Johnson — American mathematician
Anna Kikina, the first woman astronaut of Russia, just recently (2021)earned the merit of her very own Barbie doll as well. The Sally K. Ride doll hit the market in 2019. Katherine Johnson’s Barbie doll was released in 2018.
Sally K Ride
In 1983, she became the first American woman to travel into space. It was her and four other crew members aboard the Challenger. The mission: STS-7 (deployed several satellites into orbit). Ride was selected for NASA Astronaut Group 8 in 1978. This class was the first to include females in its collection. Because NASA expanded astronaut selections from only pilots to scientists and engineers, women became eligible.
Because of Katherine Johnson, NASA is now able to orbit Earth, land on the moon and make it back home safely. It was Katherine’s brilliant mathematical formulas that contributed to moon mission safety.
In 1969, Katherine help calculate the trajectory for Apollo 11 flight to the moon — the first manned mission to the moon. She also assisted the safe return during the Apollo 13’s abort mission in 1970.
Are Sally K. Ride and Katherine Johnson still alive today?
- Sally K. Ride died at the age of 61 in 2012 from pancreatic cancer.
- Katherine Johnson died at the age of 101 in 2022 from natural causes.
5 Things about Sally K. Ride that is unrelated to space
- Born in Encino, California
- Attended Swarthmore College
- Graduated from Stanford University — Bachelor of Science in physics; a Bachelor of Arts in English and contains Master of Science and doctorate degrees in physics
- Was an Avid tennis player. She won a scholarship to attend the Westlake School for Girls in Los Angeles
- Married astronaut Steve Hawley in 1982
5 Things about Katherine Johnson that is unrelated to space
- Born in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia
- Attended West Virginia State College
- Graduated with highest honors with a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and French
- Taught at a black public school in Virginia
- Married James F. Goble
Who was the first woman to travel to space?
In 1963, Soviet cosmonaut, Valentina Tereshkova was the first woman ever to travel to space.
Katherine Johnson and Sally Ride both impacted NASA history. One woman was the first American female to journey out in space, deploying satellites in the process. And the other calculated a safe landing and return for the first manned moon missions. Because of the two women of NASA, brave women of the future are hopeful that one day they too can conduct important space roles and make a huge impact on the history of women in space administration.
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