The 2010s

Eleven women have travelled into space so far this decade, including Liu Yang (the first Chinese woman in space), Yelena Serova (the first Russian woman on the ISS), and Samantha Cristoforetti (the first Italian woman in space and current holder of the longest female spaceflight). Former ISS commander Peggy Whitson will return to the space station in November 2016.

The astronauts

Samantha Cristoforetti

199 days, 16 hours and 42 min in space

Yelena Serova

167 days, 5 hours and 44 mins in space