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First American Woman in Space
First American Woman in Space

On June 18, 1983, Sally Ride became the first American woman to fly in space when the space shuttle Challenger launched on mission STS-7.

As one of the three mission specialists on the STS-7 mission, she played a vital role in helping the crew deploy communications satellites, conduct experiments and make use of the first Shuttle Pallet Satellite. In this image, Dr. Ride sits in the aft flight deck mission specialist's seat during deorbit preparations.

› Read more about Sally Ride's historic flight.

Image Credit: NASA

Page Last Updated: July 28th, 2013
Page Editor: NASA Administrator