These Charming Paintings Celebrate Female Firsts In Space

In 1963, Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman in space, and to celebrate 50 years of female astronauts, artist Ciaran Duffy has painted a series dedicated to these space pioneers.

Duffy was inspired to paint his towering portrait of Tereshkova by the Women in Space Tumblr and continued from there. Although his geometric paintings have a sort of cartoony feel, as if each woman was about to leap into her own animated short—they are also quiet and reflective. You can purchase prints from Duffy's InPrint shop and original paintings from his online store. And follow his latest work on his Tumblr.

Eileen Collins - First female commander of a shuttle:

These Charming Paintings Celebrate Female Firsts In Space

Valentina Tereshkova - First woman in space:

These Charming Paintings Celebrate Female Firsts In Space

Sally Ride - First American woman in space:

These Charming Paintings Celebrate Female Firsts In Space

Mae Jemison - First black woman in space:

These Charming Paintings Celebrate Female Firsts In Space

Svetlana Savitskaya - First woman to do a spacewalk:

These Charming Paintings Celebrate Female Firsts In Space

April 14th 2010 - Four women serving together on the ISS represented the highest number of women in space simultaneously:

These Charming Paintings Celebrate Female Firsts In Space

Peggy Whitson - First female commander of the ISS:

These Charming Paintings Celebrate Female Firsts In Space

[via The Mary Sue]