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Sally Ride was the first American woman in space June 18,1983 on space shuttle Challenger and is a former NASA Astronaut. Her 2nd shuttle flight was again on Challenger aloft in 1984 for an eight day mission and was preparing for her 3rd mission when Challenger exploded in 1986. She was appointed to the Presidential Commission that investigated the Challenger accident and subsequently moved to NASA headquarters as an assistant to the administrator for long-range planning. She retired from NASA.
Actual questions asked by People Magazine to Sally Ride: Q: “Will the flight affect your reproductive organs?” A: “There’s no evidence of that.” Q: “Do you weep when things go wrong on the job?” A: “How come nobody ever asks (a male fellow astronaut) those questions?” RIP, Sally.
Space shuttle Challenger explosion, 1986 I remember so vividly where I was when I heard the news....I had just dropped off a movie at the video store, got in the car where my mom was waiting, turned on the radio, and there it was...mom and I sat there for a few minutes, stunned.
Judith Resnik was an American engineer and a NASA astronaut who died in the destruction of the Space Shuttle Challenger during the launch of its mission. She is interred in Arlington National Cemetery. Resnik was the second American woman and the second Jewish person in space, logging 145 hours in orbit.