I think I am becoming obsessed with Scouts in space!
This time it’s former Girl Scouts.In October 1984, Dr. Kathryn Sullivan became the first American women to spacewalk whilst she was a crew member of Space Shuttle Challenger.
Any time an astronaut gets out of a vehicle while in space, it is called a spacewalk. NASA also refer to spacewalks as “extravehicular activities” or EVAs for short.
She was a crew member on Space Shuttle Challenger, which launched the Hubble Space Telescope and in 1992 she served as Payload Commander on Space Shuttle Atlantis. In her career she spent over 532 hours (22 days) in space.Eileen Collins made history when she became the first female to pilot and later to command a Space Shuttle.
In 1995 she created history when she was the pilot for Space Shuttle Discovery, which carried out the first rendezvous of the American Space Shuttle with Russia’s space station Mir. In 1997 she was aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis which docked with Mir.
She created history again in 1997, becoming the first woman Shuttle Commander – this time aboard Space Shuttle Columbia. Finally, in 2005 she was took a 5.8 million mile journey in space aboard Space Shuttle Discovery.
In her four missions she clocked up 872 hours (36 days) in space.Thirty six days in space may sound a lot, but this figure must seem quite small to fellow astronaut Susan Helms.
Her first flight in 1993, aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour, only lasted a paltry 5 days. Her subsequent flights in 1994, (Space Shuttle Discovery), 1996 (Space Shuttle Columbia) and 2000 (Space Shuttle Atlantis) lasted 10, 16 and 9 days respectively.
However, it was her final trip in 2001 that was to be her longest. She was launched into space aboard Space Shuttle Discovery on March 8th. The shuttle then docked the next day with the International Space Station Alpha, where she spent the next five months. She finally returned to Earth aboard Discovery on August 22nd 2001.
So, over her five missions (traveling aboard five shuttles and one space station) Susan spent an incredible total of 5,064 hours in space – which equates to 211 days!