Statistics on women in American
1981 through 1998, NASA launched 94 space shuttle flights.
flights (60.6%) had at least one female crew member
flights (39.7%) did not have female crew members
February 1995 to December 1998, NASA launched 28 shuttle flights.
All five flights
in 1998 included at least one female crew member.
- 22 flights
(78.5%) had at least one female crew member
NASA has launched 12 consecutive missions with female crew members. The
last mission to fly without a female crew member was STS-82 in February
In 1978, there were 28 astronauts, all male. With the arrival of that
year's Astronaut Candidate class, 27 males and 6 females joined the corps:*
constitute 22.9% of the astronaut corps*
comprised 0.95% of the astronaut population in 1978
comprised 17% of the 1978 Class
constitute 0.65% of the pilot astronaut category*
*source: Johnson Space Center Astronaut Selection Office. Does not include international