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OCTOBER 10, 2008
Peggy Whitson: The NASA astronaut became the first female International Space Station commander on a 2008 expedition; she held command there again in 2017.
JULY 25, 1984
Svetlana Savitskaya: The Soviet cosmonaut was the first woman to take a space walk, performing tasks outside the Salyut 7 space station for about 3.5 hours.
JUNE 18-24, 1983
Sally Ride: The NASA astronaut became the first U.S. woman in space, as well as the third woman there, when she flew the Challenger space shuttle mission.
JUNE 16-19, 1963
Valentina Tereshkova: The Soviet cosmonaut was the first woman in space. She spent about 70 hours in the spacecraft Vostok 6, completing 48 Earth orbits.