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.
Kathryn P. HireKathryn Patricia "Kay" Hire (born August 26, 1959 in Mobile, Alabama) is a former NASA astronaut and Captain in the U.S. Navy Reserve who has flown aboard two Space Shuttle missions.... more395153Is she out of this world?
- Anousheh Ansari (Persian: Anuŝe Ansāri; née Raissyan; born September 12, 1966) is an Iranian-American engineer and co-founder and chairwoman of Prodea Systems. Her previous business accomplishments include serving as co-founder and CEO of Telecom Technologies, Inc. (TTI). The Ansari family is also the title sponsor of the Ansari X Prize. On September 18, 2006, a few days after her 40th birthday, she became the first Iranian in space. Ansari was the fourth overall self-funded space tourist, and the first self-funded woman to fly to the International Space Station. Her memoir, My Dream of Stars, co-written with Homer Hickam, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2010.... more310182Is she out of this world?
- Stephanie Diana Wilson (born September 27, 1966) is an American engineer and a NASA astronaut. She flew to space onboard three Space Shuttle missions, and is the second African American woman to go into space, after Mae Jemison. Her 42 days in space are the most of any African American astronaut, male or female.... more306198Is she out of this world?
- Nicole Marie Passonno Stott is an American engineer and a retired NASA astronaut. She served as a Flight Engineer on ISS Expedition 20 and Expedition 21 and was a Mission Specialist on STS-128 and STS-133. After 27 years of working at NASA, the space agency announced her retirement effective June 1, 2015. She is married to Christopher Stott, a Manx-born American space entrepreneur.... more264187Is she out of this world?