This Week in NASA History: Sally Ride Becomes First American Woman In Space Back In 1983

By  //  June 16, 2016

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This week in 1983, space shuttle Challenger and the STS-7 crew launched from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. With the launch, Mission Specialist Sally Ride became the first American woman to fly in space. (NASA Image)

(NASA) – This week in 1983, space shuttle Challenger and the STS-7 crew launched from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. With the launch, Mission Specialist Sally Ride became the first American woman to fly in space.

The STS-7 crew, the first five-member crew, deployed two communications satellites and conducted experiments from the Shuttle Pallet Satellite.

Ride, shown here floating in the Challenger flight deck, later described the launch as “exhilarating, terrifying and overwhelming all at the same time.”

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