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    Astronaut Sally Ride, mission specialist on STS-7, monitors control panels from the pilot’s chair on the Flight Deck of the Space Shuttle Challenger in this NASA handout photo dated June 25, 1983. Floating in front of her is a flight procedures notebook. (Reuters/NASA)

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    nasa.gov | Launching Into History On June 18, 1983, a young physicist from California took her seat aboard the space shuttle and launched into history. On that date, Sally Ride became the first American woman in space as a mission specialist on STS-7. In this image, Ride monitors control panels from the pilot's chair on the flight deck. Image Credit: NASA

  • Penny Killen

    Thank you for letting every little girl know we can do anything the boys can do. You were an inspiration to us all. Astronaut Sally K. Ride(May 26, 1951 - July 23, 2012), mission specialist on STS-7, monitors control panels from the pilot’s chair on the Flight Deck. Floating in front of her is a flight procedures notebook.

  • Zachary Schurmann

    "As the first American woman to travel into space, Sally was a national hero and a powerful role model. She inspired generations of young girls to reach for the stars and later fought tirelessly to help them get there by advocating for a greater focus on science and math in our schools. Sally’s life showed us that there are no limits to what we can achieve and I have no doubt that her legacy will endure for years to come." -President Obama on the passing of Sally Ride

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