The First Woman on the Moon

The Cosmic Companion
Jul 1 · 15 min read

Dr. Serena M. Auñón-Chancellor, returning to Earth following Expedition 57 to the International Space Station. Image credit: NASA

Tracy Caldwell Dyson admires the Earth from the International Space Station in 2010. Image credit: NASA
Tracey Caldwell Dyson discusses space exploration and the movie The Martian with actor Jessica Chastain. Credit: NASA

Christina Koch is one of America’s most experienced female astronauts, and a leading contender to become the first woman to walk on the Moon. Image credit: NASA
Christina Koch talks about her experiences aboard the International Space Station. Credit: NASA

Nicole Mann speaks in front of a mock-up of the Orion spacecraft in 2013. Image credit: NASA
Nicole Mann poses with the test flight crew of the Starliner.

Megan McArthur played vital roles during the final servicing mission to the Hubble Telescope in 2009.
Astronaut Megan McArthur visits the San Jose Public Library, Evergreen Branch, in 2012.

Anne McClain aboard the ISS.
McClain returns to Earth from a half-year in space, June 24, 2019.

Jessica Meir dons a spacesuit during training for her first flight to space. Image credit: NASA/Josh Valcarcel
Meir sends out greetings to her late father on June 16, 2019.
Jessica Meir and Nicole Mann at the Run Disney half-marathon in 2016.

Kate Rubins holds a manual concerning emergency evacuation procedures while aboard the ISS. Credit: NASA
Rubins is also, apparently, a fan of Austin Powers.
A Moment with Kate Rubins, from NASA Johnson.

Shannon Walker autographs a photograph of the Soyuz rocket at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in 2010. Image credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov
A Lofty Ambitions interview with Shannon Walker, recorded in 2011. Video shared under standard YouTube license.

Stephanie WIlson on the middeck of the Space Shuttle, playing with a model of the Harmony node, while the shuttle was docked to the ISS in October 2007. Image credit: NASA

Sunita Williams aboard the International Space Station as flight engineer during Expedition 15. Image credit: NASA
Sunita Williams leads viewers on a tour of the International Space Station in 2012. Credit: NASA
WIlliams plays with her Jack Russell terrier, Gorby. Image credit: NASA

Jerri Cobb, one of the Mercury 13, is seen here next to a Mercury space capsule which she never rode. The first American woman to reach space would not launch until 1983. Image credit: NASA

The Cosmic Companion

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James Maynard is the author of two books, and thousands of articles about space and science. E-mail:

The Cosmic Companion

Exploring the wonders of the Cosmos, one mystery at a time