Aviation for Girls

2017

Aviation for Girls is a special annual member publication of Women in Aviation International for Girls in Aviation Day. Articles feature young girls living their aviation dreams, career ideas, and education resources.

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PUZZLE ZONE I n the early 1960s, 13 women underwent the same rigorous medical tests as the "Mercury 7" astronauts. They later became known as the "Mercury 13." Despite their outstanding test results, these women, who included Jerrie Cobb, were not given the opportunity to fly into space. In 1981, with the start of the space shuttle program, women were given the opportunity to fly into space. In 1983, at the age of 32, Sally Ride became the first American woman in space in the shuttle. She was also the youngest American astronaut at the time. Dr. Mae Jemison, a medical doctor prior to becoming an astronaut, had four years of training with NASA to prepare her for space travel. In 1996, Dr. Shannon Lucid, an American astronaut, spent time aboard Mir, the Russian space station. Mir means: peace in Russian. Shannon was the first female to walk on space. Ellen Ochoa is a mission specialist on the shuttle. She traveled to the International Space Station and brought supplies and equipment for future international astronauts. Col. Eileen Collins, a United States Air Force test pilot, was the first female Space Shuttle Pilot. In 1999, Eileen became the first female space shuttle commander. FEMALE ASTRONAUTS CROSSWORD PUZZLE Crossword Clue: ACROSS 1. Jerrie _______ underwent astronaut training in the 1960s. 2. Thirteen women later known as the "_______ 13." 3. Sally Ride was the first American _______ to fly into space. 4. Ellen Ochoa traveled to the ______space station and brought supplies and equipment for future international astronauts. 5. Dr. Jemison had four years of training with _______ to prepare her for space travel. DOWN A. In 1999, she became the first female space shuttle ______. B. Sally _______ was the first American woman to fly into space in the shuttle. C. Col. Eileen Collins, a United States Air Force _______ pilot, was the first female space shuttle pilot. D. Dr. Mae Jemison was a medical _______. E. Dr. Shannon _______ an American astronaut spent time aboard Mir, the Russian space station. A B D C 1 2 3 4 5 E 2 0 17 23

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