Jeannette Ridlon Piccard

First woman to ascend into the stratosphere

On October 23, 1934, Jeannette Piccard piloted a balloon to an altitude of 57,579 feet, thus becoming the first woman to ascend into the stratosphere. Accompanying her on the flight was her husband, Dr. Jean Piccard. The flight originated from Dearborn, Michigan and terminated near Cadiz, Ohio. Dr. Jeannette Piccard became the first licensed woman balloonist in the world.

Jeannette was born in Chicago and earned Bachelors Degrees in Philosophy and Psychology from Bryn Mawr College, a Masters Degree in Organic Chemistry from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Minnesota. She served as a consultant to NASA's manned Spacecraft Center (now Johnson Space Center) in Houston, between 1964 and 1970. In 1975, Dr. Piccard was ordained as the first female Priest in the Episcopal Church.

From:      The New Mexico Museum of Space History  Alamogordo, N.M.

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