We all have an answer to the question of who was the first woman in space. Valentina Tereshkova. On June 16, 1963, the Vostok 6 spacecraft made that trip.
But it took 20 years for a second woman to reach space. The second trip was in 1982, and that too was by Soviet Union cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya. It was only after this in 1983 that the United States sent its first female astronaut into space, trying hard to overtake the USSR at every turn. That historic assignment was for Sally Ride.
Tereshkova and Sally had many descendants. Kalpana Chawla and Sunita Williams, both of Indian origin
made space travel and became a part of history. But if we look at the total number of people who have gone to space till date, only about ten percent of them are women.
As of March 2021, 65 women have flown into space, most of them Americans. Also read that more than 570 humans have traveled to space so far. This estimate does not include recent spaceflights, as there is disagreement over how far above Earth a trip counts as space travel.
No woman has ever set foot on the moon. The current announcement is that America’s Artemis mission will land a woman on the moon.