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List of famous female astronauts, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest female astronauts list contains the most prominent and top females known for being astronauts. There are thousand of females working as astronauts in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic astronauts have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a astronaut then the people below should give you inspiration.

List features Catherine Coleman, Marsha Ivins and more women astronauts.

While this isn't a list of all female astronauts, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female astronauts?" and "Who are the best female astronauts?"
Sally Ride is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Female Astronauts
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Sally Kristen Ride was an American physicist and astronaut. Born in Los Angeles, Ride joined NASA in 1978 and, at the age of 32, became the first American woman in space and still remains the youngest American astronaut to travel to space. After flying twice on the space shuttle Challenger, she left ...more

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Age: Died at 61 (1951-2012)

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Profession: Physicist, Astronaut

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Ellen Ochoa is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Female Astronauts
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Ellen Lauri Ochoa is a former astronaut and current Director of the Johnson Space Center. Ochoa became director of the center upon retirement of the previous director, Michael Coats, on December 31, 2012. ...more

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Age: 57

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Profession: Astronaut, Engineer

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#39 on The Most Inspiring (Non-Hollywood) Female Role Models

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Mae Jemison is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Female Astronauts
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Mae Carol Jemison is an American physician and NASA astronaut. She became the first African American woman to travel in space when she went into orbit aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour on September 12, 1992. After her medical education and a brief general practice, Jemison served in the Peace Corps ...more

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Age: 59

Birthplace: Decatur, Alabama, United States of America

Profession: Professor, Astronaut, Scientist, Physician

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Judith Resnik is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Female Astronauts
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Judith Arlene Resnik was an American engineer and a NASA astronaut who died when the Space Shuttle Challenger was destroyed during the launch of mission STS-51-L. Resnik was the second American female astronaut, logging 145 hours in orbit. She was a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and had a ...more

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Age: Died at 37 (1949-1986)

Birthplace: Akron, Ohio, United States of America

Profession: Astronaut, Scientist, Engineer

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Eileen Collins is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Female Astronauts
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Eileen Marie Collins is a retired NASA astronaut and a retired United States Air Force colonel. A former military instructor and test pilot, Collins was the first female pilot and first female commander of a Space Shuttle. She was awarded several medals for her work. Colonel Collins has logged 38 ...more

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Age: 59

Birthplace: Elmira, New York, United States of America

Profession: Astronaut

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Kalpana Chawla is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Female Astronauts
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Kalpana Chawla was born in Karnal, India. She was the first Indian-American astronaut and first Indian woman in space. She first flew on Space Shuttle Columbia in 1997 as a mission specialist and primary robotic arm operator. In 2003, Chawla was one of the seven crew members killed in the Space ...more

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Age: Died at 41 (1962-2003)

Birthplace: Karnal, India

Profession: Pilot, Astronaut, Scientist, Mechanical engineer Aerospace Engineer, + more

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Peggy Whitson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Female Astronauts
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Peggy Annette Whitson is an American biochemistry researcher, NASA astronaut, and former NASA Chief Astronaut. Her first space mission was in 2002, with an extended stay aboard the International Space Station as a member of Expedition 5. Her second mission launched October 10, 2007, as the first ...more

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Age: 55

Birthplace: Mount Ayr, Iowa, United States of America

Profession: Biochemist, Astronaut, Biomedical sciences

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Roberta Bondar is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Female Astronauts
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Roberta Bondar OC O.Ont FRCP FRSC is Canada's first female astronaut and the first neurologist in space. Following more than a decade as NASA's head of space medicine, Bondar became a consultant and speaker in the business, scientific, and medical communities. Bondar has received many honours ...more

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Age: 70

Birthplace: Sault Ste. Marie, Canada

Profession: Neurologist, Educator, Astronaut, Scientist Author, + more

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