October 23rd, 2007


Победа феминизма в отдельно взятом космическом пространстве :)

С сегодняшнего дня две американских астронавтки командуют в космосе :) (а с 10 октября была одна)

Женщины командуют в космосе
(23 ОКТЯБРЯ 2007 г.) С мыса Канаверал к МКС стартовал Discovery. Впервые за 50 лет космической эры на орбите окажутся сразу две женщины-командиры экипажей – командир МКС Пегги Уитсон и командир миссии STS-120 Памела Мелрой. Обе руководят одними из самых технически сложных полетов с момента строительства станции.

Giant leap for womankind
This is no public relations gimmick cooked up by NASA. It's coincidence, which pleases shuttle commander Pamela Melroy and station commander Peggy Whitson.

"To me, that's one of the best parts about it," said Melroy, a retired air force colonel who will be only the second woman to command a space shuttle flight. "This is not something that was planned or orchestrated in any way."

Indeed, Melroy's two-week space station construction mission was originally supposed to be done before Whitson's six-month expedition.

"This is a really special event for us," Melroy said. "... There are enough women in the program that coincidentally this can happen, and that is a wonderful thing. It says a lot about the first 50 years of spaceflight that this is where we're at."

Космический рамадан под американской командой
(10 ОКТЯБРЯ 2007 г.) К МКС стартовал корабль «Союз», а на нем – первая в истории станции женщина – командир экипажа, первый малайзийский космонавт и первый космонавт, женившийся на орбите.

Space Station Gets Its First Woman Commander.
"I love Peggy's leadership style," said Pam Melroy. "I think the most important element of her style is her sense of humor, which is really just a sense of perspective. And that is really important because as a leader, one of the most important things you have to keep is the big picture. She is very direct and very kind at the same time."

Peggy Whitson was selected as an astronaut in 1996 and spent 184 days on the space station in 2002, good preparation for her new post. She will oversee the most ambitious phase of construction on the International Space Station.