Sunday, April 11, 2010

Four females in space is a first

Right now, there are four women in space -- the most at one time.

Today is day six of a 14 day mission for the space shuttle Discovery. The crew includes three women:

Japanese astronaut Naoko Yamazaki, 39; Stephanie Wilson, 43; and Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger,34.

The fourth is Tracy Caldwell Dyson, 40, who launched aboard a Soyuz rocket from Kazakhstan with two Russian men.

Shuttle mission STS 131 is a 14-day mission to bring spare parts, equipment, and other supplies to the nearly-completed space station. It is one of four flights remaining before the space shuttle fleet is retired.

Dyson and her crew will remain on the station for six months.

Follow the shuttle mission and read biographies of the crew members here at

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