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Silvie Belland
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Astronaut or Astronautte?
To the Moon Alice! Women do belong in space.
- 18% of active members of the astronaut corps are women.
- Dr. Sally K. Ride was the first American woman in space. (1983)
- Col. Eileen Collins, USAF, was the first female Space Shuttle pilot. (1995)
- Shannon Lucid broke the endurance record for an American in space (188 days) and the world record for a woman in space, which included her stay aboard the Mir space station from March to September (1996).
- Julie Payette, Canada's only female astronaut.

Julie Payette's Badge
Sylvie Beland
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Sharing the Rewards
Beland has nothing but raves for the team she worked with to resolve the bolt problem. "I felt proud of this work, proud of the team." It's great to be in the home stretch, too. "It's like when you finish something, you succeed at something," said Beland. She finds it rewarding to present her work as well. "You share what you've done for so many months or years with the scientific community or your colleagues that's a great moment."

Recruiting Engineers
There's a "a great solidarity" among the female engineers according to Beland. Still a minority, she'd like to see more women in her field. To that end, she conducts tours at the CSA and gives talks to young people. She wants them to think, "OK. She succeeded. This is feasible even with children. It's fun. You travel. You meet people. You're doing something great."

Helping Our Fragile Planet
"From space, we can see how thin the atmosphere is, like an onion peel." Beland tells children that space is a helpful place where "we can do things that we cannot do on Earth, so we can manufacture new materials, develop new processes, develop new medicines." While most children would love to be astronauts, not everyone gets to suit up and blast off into space. She stresses that "there is other work that needs to be done on Earth so it's really teamwork on the ground."

Team Earth
With the arrival every few months now of new components, the station will continue to build up and out. And piece by piece, it's becoming "basically, a new star in the sky." And this is not a new star from another galaxy or time and place, but a star created by one team better known as "Planet Earth."

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Curator: Kim Dismukes | Responsible NASA Official: John Ira Petty | Updated: 04/07/2002
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