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Valentina Tereshkova, Sally Ride, and the Beginnings of Women in Space | Motherboard
Sally Ride (First American Woman in space) has died after a 17-month long battle against pancreatic cancer. She became a household name after her historic flight on Space Shuttle Challenger in 1983, and then used her high-profile to encourage kids, especially young girls, to pursue science, math, and engineering careers. Sally, you will be dearly missed.
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. #WomensHistoryMonth
Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space (((when I was little, I wanted to be the first woman in space :) ..)))
Longest Single SpaceflightCredit: NASA/JSC.The woman who has made the longest single spaceflight is NASA astronaut Sunita Williams, who lived and worked in orbit for 195 days while serving on the International Space Station's Expedition 15 mission in 2007. via space.com