The 2000s

Several women, including Shuttle Commander Eileen Collins, returned to space. The 2000s saw new nationalities enter space, including Yi So-yeon, the first Korean astronaut, and Anousheh Ansarai, the first Iranian in space. American astronaut Peggy Whitson became the first female commander of the International Space Station.

The astronauts

Peggy Whitson

665 days 22 hours 22 minutes in space

Anousheh Ansari

10 days, 13 hours 46 mins in space

Yi So-yeon

10 days and 21 hours in space