It’s no secret that women are underrepresented in various sectors from politics and banking to engineering and computing, but what about when it comes to space exploration?

In 1963 Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman sent to space, just two years after her male counterpart Yuri Gagarin. At the time only 12 other people had been to space, so it was seemingly a strong start for women. However, as the investment in space exploration grew, so did the gender gap.

Today, despite making up almost 50% of the world’s population, women make up less than 11% of history’s space explorers.

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