POPSUGAR Celebrity

Lady Astronaut Paintings That Are Out-of-This-World Wonderful

Mar 6 2014 - 1:56pm

Happy birthday, Valentina Tereshkova! The Russian cosmonaut became the first woman in space when she flew beyond the Earth's atmosphere aboard Vostok 6 on June 16, 1963. To honor the precedent Valentina set for the incredible female astronauts thereafter, we'd like to share some amazing paintings by Ciaran Duffy [1], an artist who worked on this series featuring only spacefarers. Scroll down for a closer look at Ciaran's work!

Valentina Tereshkova — June 16, 1963

Valentina was the first woman in space!

Peggy Whitson — Oct. 12, 2007

The first female commander of the International Space Station spent more time in space than any other woman at 376 days total.

Sally Ride — June 18, 1983

Ride, Sally Ride! She was the first American woman in space.

Eileen Collins — July 26, 2005

Eileen was the first female commander of the NASA shuttle Discovery.

Susan Helms — March 10, 2001

Susan was the first female resident of the International Space Station.

Mae Jemison — Sept. 12, 1992

Mae was the first black woman in space.

Svetlana Savitskaya — July 25, 1984

Svetlana was the first woman to perform a spacewalk.

Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger, Stephanie Wilson, Tracy Caldwell Dyson, and Naoko Yamazaki

On April 14, 2010, the highest number of women in space simultaneously — four — served together on the International Space Station.

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