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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 NASA in 1987. She worked for two years at Stanford University's Center for International Security and Arms Control, then the University of California, San Diego as a professor of physics, primarily researching non-linear optics and Thomson scattering. She served on the committees that investigated the Challenger and Columbia space shuttle disasters, the only person to participate on both. ...more

Age: Died at 61 (1951-2012)

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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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

Age: 59

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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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 from 1985 to 1987, when she was selected by NASA to join the astronaut corps. She resigned from NASA in 1993 to form a company researching the application of technology to daily life. She has appeared on television several times, including as an actress in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. She is a dancer, and holds nine honorary doctorates in science, engineering, letters, and the ...more

Age: 61

Birthplace: Decatur, Alabama, United States of America

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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 Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland. The IEEE Judith Resnik Award for space engineering is named in her honor. ...more

Age: Died at 37 (1949-1986)

Birthplace: Akron, Ohio, United States of America

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