October 25, 2007 – first women commanders meet in space

Whitson and Melroy embrace in ISS 10/25/07

Image credit above: NASA

STS-120 female Commander Pam Melroy met up with the ISS female Commander Peggy Whitson on Thursday as the space shuttle Discovery docked on Day 3 for the STS-120 mission.

“Obviously, I’m delighted to be flying in space with Peggy again,” Melroy said before launch. “She was on Expedition 5 when I was on STS-112 and we worked together in space and had a wonderful time and developed a great friendship. So this is a really special event for us. I think it is just indicative that 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. I look forward to the next 50 and many future women commanders, including one going to the moon, I hope.”

Melroy is just the second female commander of a space shuttle and Whitson is the first female commander of the International Space Station. They both served together in 2002.

“Obviously, I’m delighted to be flying in space with Peggy again,” Melroy said before launch. “She was on Expedition 5 when I was on STS-112 and we worked together in space and had a wonderful time and developed a great friendship. So this is a really special event for us. I think it is just indicative that 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. I look forward to the next 50 and many future women commanders, including one going to the moon, I hope.”

Quotes sourced in CBS News shuttle updates based on pre-flight interviews provided by NASA


Photo credit: NASA

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~ by tellinghistory on October 25, 2007.

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