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Sally Ride the first U.S. woman in space

June 18

Sally Ride
(May 26, 1951 – July 23, 2012

  •  astronaut and physicist
  • 1978 selected to be an astronaut in NASA Astronaut Group 8
    one of 35 selected out of 8000 applications
  • June 18, 1983 became 1st American woman in space
    crew member on Space Shuttle Challenger, STS-7
  • 1984 – 2nd space flight STS-41-G
  • She has spent 343+ hours in space
  • only person to serve on both of the panels investigating Shuttle accidents
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