Two Female Commanders in Orbit
Astronauts Peggy Whitson and Pamela Melroy crossed paths while in orbit, the first two female commanders ever to be in space at the same time.
- During Expedition 16, so we had the first two female commanders on orbit at the same time, Pam Melroy. It was a real exciting time. Mostly because it was a coincidence. Her flight was supposed to be over by the time I arrived. And because the shuttle launch slipped, I ended up launching on the Soyuz and arriving before her. So coincidentally we were both on orbit at the same time. I don't think I understood the impact necessarily. When I got back, I had received in the mail a cartoon, and that cartoon had a little girl who was looking at the computer, and it said, "Two female space commanders", and her mom was holding up a princess costume, and she says, "No, I wanna go for this Halloween dressed up as a female mission commander." And so, that was interesting to me, to realize I'd actually had an impact that even showed up in a cartoon.