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Shuttle Challenger flies above the clouds during a dawn launch, photographed from the air by a Shuttle training aircraft

Oct. 5, 1984, Launch of History-Making STS-41G Mission

The Space Shuttle Challenger launches from Florida at dawn. On this mission, Kathryn Sullivan became the first U.S. woman to perform a spacewalk and Marc Garneau became the first Canadian in space. The crew of seven was the largest to fly on a spacecraft at that time, and STS-41G was the first flight to include two female astronauts.

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