World Space Week

Celebrating Pioneering Scientists and Explorers Who Bring Us a Deeper Understanding of Space

Celebrating Women in Space!

World Space Week.

Credit: Pictured: Mae Jemison Photo: NASA [Public Domain] via Wikimedia Commons

Teachers: Visit the free MY HERO Teacher Lesson Plan for World Space Week. Includes discussion guide and learning outcomes.

Read the following stories about inspiring women from different parts of the world who overcame obstacles and became astronauts.

Mae Jemison

By: Allison Podzunas
Mae Jemison is an American astronaut, a crew member of the Space Shuttle Endeavor, and was the first black woman to travel to space.



Chiaki Mukai

By: Claudia Herrera Hudson
Chiaki Mukai is the first Japanese woman in space and the first Japanese citizen to do two spaceflights.

Judith A. Resnik

By: Alyssa from Ohio
Judith A. Resnik inspired others with her determination to become a scientist and an astronaut.

Sally Kristen Ride

By: Amanda Botts
Sally Ride is an astronaut, physicist, and was the first American woman to travel into space.

Peggy Whitson

By: Alex Gaytan
Peggy Whitson was the first female chief of NASA’s astronaut corps. (2/9/1960)

Mae Jemison

By: Christian Walsh
Mae Jemison dreamed of going to space since childhood.

Ellen Ochoa

By: Daniel Chavez
As the first Hispanic female astronaut and a co-inventor of three patents, Ellen Ochoa is a shining example of female empowerment.


Mae C. Jemison Typography

By: Laila Radford
Mae Jemison is an American hero and astronaut. The first Black female astronaut to go to space.

Ride by Lindsay from Victoria, British Columbia

By: Lindsay VanRooyen
This piece is a tribute to my hero Sally Ride and it incorporates references to her career and achievements.

Mae Jemison

By: Saraih from John Muir School

Mae Jemison was the first African American woman to travel in space.

Valentina, First Woman in Space

By: Mariana from the US

Mariana celebrates Valentina, the first woman in space.

Sally Ride

By: Georgia Rowan

World Space Week 2021 Theme: Celebrating Women in Space

Bella Gaia VR

Produced by:Kenji Williams

BELLA GAIA is an unprecedented, NASA-powered immersive experience that communicates without words.

I Want to Be an Astronaut [Trailer]

Produced by:Dir. David Ruck
A young man dreams of becoming an astronaut at a time when America currently has no vehicle capable of human space flight.

Cradle to Grave

Producer: Ken Glaser

Travel through time and space in director/songwriter Ken Glaser's music video Cradle to Grave. This computer-animated fantasy is a thought-provoking visual and aural treat.

Valentina Mindoljevic

Producer: Emina Kujundzic and Goran Tiro
Valentina Mindoljevic is a physics teacher in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina who challenges and inspires her students.

Did You Know?

World Space Week is celebrated October 4 - 10 to commemorate these two important events:

October 4, 1957

The launch of the first human-made Earth satellite, Sputnik 1, thus opening the way for space exploration.

October 10, 1967

The signing of what is now known as the Outer Space Treaty.

There Were Many Firsts in Space; These Heroes Represent Just a Few!

John Glenn

By: Rivers
John Glenn was the first American to orbit the earth, and received a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012.

Guion S. Bluford, Jr.

By: Jonathan from Michigan

Guion S. Bluford Jr. was the first African American in space and the second person of African ancestry.

Space Stories for Young Readers - by Young Readers

Mae Jemison

By: Chase, Robert, Logan and Kyleigh from Reeds Spring

Mae Jemison was the first African American woman to travel in space.

Sally Ride

By: Georgia Rowan

Sally Ride was the first woman to travel in space.

Listen and read along with this ESL/ELL story about Yuri Gagarin

Yuri Gagarin

By: Gleb from Victoria

Yuri Gagarin was the first person to fly into space.


Courageous space explorers are the subject of student artwork

John Glenn

By: Ronan from Westerville

Aviator, engineer, astronaut, businessman, and politician

Yuri Gagarin's Earth

By: Solbok Yi of Memphis

Russian astronaut Yuri Gagarin inspires this student.


By: Mariana from the US

Valentina, first woman in space celebrated by Mariana

Chris Hadfield

By: Olivia from Alberta, Canada

"I chose Chris Hadfield because he is a astronaut and I really like space."

These NASA photos and posters illustrate the beauty in Space 

Space Shuttle - April 1983


Photo of astronaut in space

Hubble Mosaic of the Majestic Sombrero Galaxy

By: NASA/ESA/Hubble

An amazing image of a galaxy

The Helix Nebula

By: NASA/ESA/Hubble

A Nebula photographed in space

Opposite Hemispheres of Neptune

By: NASA/ESA/Hubble

Neptune beautifully captured and recorded

Visible-Light Image of Jupiter

By: NASA/ESA/Hubble

The abstract beauty of Jupiter's surface photographed

NASA The Grand Tour Poster


NASA celebrates 40 years of voyager exploration.

NASA Voyager Disco Poster


NASA celebrates 40 years of the Voyager Program with free posters.

Voyager Modern Poster Celebrating 40 years


NASA celebrates 40 years of the Voyager Space exploration program.

Stories from the Christian Science Monitor
Credit: NASA, ESA, CSA, and STScI/AP
She overcame bias as a woman in science. Her memoir is testimony.
Credit: Bill Ingalls/Zuma Wire/Newscom/File

Related Pages



World Space Week | Explorers and Scientists

By: Xenia Shin
Space Explorers and Scientists

MY HERO Honors Engineers

By: Becky Miller
Celebrate the contributions of engineers to society and encourage the learning of math, science and technical skills. In the United States, National Engineers Week takes place during the third week of February.

External Links

NASA Image Archive Link
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