Rachel Cavanaugh is a staff writer for Bustle Media and freelance writer specializing in the travel, adventure, and the outdoors. Her work has appeared in Men’s Journal, The Hollywood Reporter, MSN, Digital Trends, Gear Junkie, Elite Daily, Mic, Matador Network, SFGate, and others. She’s currently making her way around the world as a digital nomad while snowboarding, kitesurfing, and playing outside as much as possible.
This slideshow illustrates a historical timeline of women’s contributions to space. It includes NASA astronauts, Russian cosmonauts, and many other important scientists and researchers such as Sally Ride, Mae Jemison, Ellen Ochoa, and others.