“The engineers at NASA, in their infinite wisdom, decided that women astronauts would want makeup – so they designed a makeup kit…” Sally Ride, a physicist who became the first American woman in space in 1983, said. “You can just imagine the discussions amongst the predominantly male engineers about what should go in a makeup kit.” The prototype kit, which was never used in space, includes compartments for eyeliner, mascara, eye shadow, eye make-up remover, blush, and lip gloss.
“Weightlessness is a great equalizer,” Ride told PBS documentary series Nova in 1984, referring to the lack of gravity in space. In an interview with Gloria Steinem shortly after her famed 1983 mission, she recounted that the media constantly asked her about the makeup products that she brought into space. “They didn’t care about how well prepared I was to operate the [Space Shuttle] arm or deploy communication satellites,” she said. The engineers were also preoccupied with how many tampons she’d need for a week in space. “Is 100 the right number?” they asked. “No. That would not be the right number,” she replied.
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