Yes. There have been sixty female astronauts. The first woman in space was Russian cosmonaut Valentina Tershkova. The American record for the longest amount of time spent in space (367 days) is held by the female astronaut Peggy Whitson. To see a full list, click here:
Yes. The first American woman to become an astronaut and make it to space was Sally Ride. The very first woman in space was Russian cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova.
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