Sure, plenty of smoking hot astronauts have explored the final frontier, but did you know that female astronauts are actually better suited to handle the rigors of space exploration than their manly counterparts? It's true. When most Earthlings think of astronauts, they think of men, but this is a list of women who've boldly gone where no man has gone before. These are NASA babes, specifically, so though women from all over this starship Earth have slipped free from its surly bonds and touched the heavens, this list is only about star-spangled babes who've blasted off on behalf of Uncle Sam, his silly goatee, and all his hyper-phallic rockets.
Granted, it's wildly inappropriate to rank such accomplished ladies based on their attractiveness. At the same time, what's sexier than women with intelligence, determination, and the ridiculou courage necessary to fly at 18,000 miles per hour to leave the planet entirely and hang out in the void of space?
Nothing, that's what. So vote up the professional lady astronauts who make you want to send the patriarchy packing.
Judith ResnikJudith Arlene Resnik (; April 5, 1949 – January 28, 1986) was an American electrical engineer, software engineer, biomedical engineer, pilot and NASA astronaut who died when the Space Shuttle Challenger was destroyed during the launch of mission STS-51-L. Resnik was the second American woman in space and the fourth woman in space worldwide, logging 145 hours in orbit. She was also the first Jewish American in space and the first Jewish woman of any nationality in space. The IEEE Judith Resnik Award for space engineering is named in her honor. Initially planning to be a concert pianist, Resnik turned down a place at the Juilliard School of Music, choosing instead to study at Carnegie Mellon... more483177Is she out of this world?
- Tracy Caldwell Dyson (born Tracy Ellen Caldwell; August 14, 1969) is an American chemist and NASA astronaut. Caldwell Dyson was a Mission Specialist on Space Shuttle Endeavour flight STS-118 in August 2007. She was part of the Expedition 24 crew on the International Space Station between April 4, 2010 and September 25, 2010. She has completed three spacewalks, logging more than 22 hrs of EVA including work to replace a malfunctioning coolant pump.... more494187Is she out of this world?
- Karen LuJean Nyberg (born October 7, 1969) is an American mechanical engineer and NASA astronaut. Nyberg became the 50th woman in space on her first mission in 2008. Nyberg started her space career in 1991 and spent a total of 180 days in space in 2008 and 2013 (as a Mission Specialist on STS-124 and a Flight Engineer on Soyuz TMA-09M).... more447165Is she out of this world?
- Joan Elizabeth Higginbotham (born August 3, 1964) is an American engineer and a former NASA astronaut. She flew aboard Space Shuttle Discovery mission STS-116 as a mission specialist and is the third African American woman to go into space, after Mae Jemison and Stephanie Wilson.... more422161Is she out of this world?