Following the launch of the Space Shuttle Discovery, on mission STS 131, there are now four women in orbit; the most ever at one time.
L to R: Wilson, Metcalf-Lindenberger and Yamazaki
First timers Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger and Naoko Yamazaki from the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (who will join her countryman Soichi Noguchi in the ISS) joined third timer Stephanie Wilson on the early morning launch to the International Space Station. Today they will link up with the ISS and join Tracy Caldwell Dyson who is already on board.
The really rather foxy Dr Caldwell Dyson
Dr Caldwell Dyson is also lead singer of the all-astronaut rock band MaxQ.
Go ladies, go!